Worst Terrorist Attacks in India


Terrorism in India has a long history. It is a cowardly act through the terrorist groups who want to disturb the peace of the country. It targets to create a nation of panic amongst the human beings. They need to maintain the human beings in a steady country of fear to prevent the country from prospering.

Time to time, they carry out terrorist acts to remind humans of the fear they need them to live in. Consequently, there are roughly 100 terrorist cells which are working in India. They should an extent efficaciously. Terrorism influences the country gravely and has dangerous repercussions.


Here is a list of worst terrorist attacks India faced resulting in heavy causalities:


1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts

Mumbai serial bomb blasts 1993

On March 12, 1993, the economic capital of India was rocked by a series of bomb blasts. A total of 12 bomb explosions rocked Mumbai in succession on one day resulting in 257 fatalities and 717 injuries.

The explosions were caused at Commercial Centers and other landmarks of Mumbai like Air India building, Stock Exchange building, Hotel Sea Rock, Hotel Juhu Centaur, Hotel Airport Centaur, Plaza Theatre etc. Besides, hand grenades were also thrown at Hindu Fishermen Colony in Mahim and Sahar Airport, Mumbai.

The conspiracy was hatched by Dawood Ibrahim in conjunction with the Pakistani establishment.


1998 Coimbatore bombings.

1998 Coimbatore bombings

The attack occurred on February 14, 1998, when an Islamist fundamentalist outfit Al Ummah carried out 12 bomb blasts at 11 separate locations in Coimbatore, killing 58 people and injuring over 200 others.

The explosives used were found to be gelatin sticks activated by timer devices and were concealed in cars, motorcycles, bicycles, sideboxes of two-wheelers and fruit carts.

The bombings were apparently in retaliation to the riots that took place in the city in November-December 1997 where 18 Muslims were killed by Hindu fundamentalists groups.

Investigators found out that the blasts were a part of larger conspiracy to target L.K.Advani, the leader of Bharatiya Janata Party on that day at 4 pm in his election meeting.


2001 Parliament attack

2001 Parliament attack

2001 Indian Parliament attack

Five terrorists belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) targeted the nation’s safest building – Parliament – on December 13, 2001. The attack led to the death of five terrorists, six Delhi Police personnel, two Parliament Security Service personnel and a gardener.

Terrorists used fake stickers of Parliament and Home Ministry to breach the security. When they reached the convoy of Vice President of India, they got off the the car started firing.

The whole exchange lasted for several hours. At that time, there were at least 100 political figures in the Parliament including Harin Pathak, the-then Minister of State for Defence, and LK Advani.


2002 Akshardham Temple attack

2002 Akshardham Temple attack

2002 Akshardham Temple attack

The Akshardham Temple complex at Gandhinagar, Gujarat, came under attack by two armed terrorists on September 24, 2002. As many as 30 people were killed and more than 80 injured in the attack before the NSG intervened and ended the siege the next day, killing both militants, each belonging to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror groups.

A letter was later found which claimed that these attacks were an act of revenge against the 2002 Gujarat riots. Such an attack was never seen before in India and was labelled as one of the deadliest terrorist attacks the country had seen.

The six accused who were arrested were later acquitted of all charges by the Supreme Court in May 2014.


2005 Delhi serial bomb blast

2005 Delhi serial bomb blast

2005 Delhi serial bomb blasts

The serial bomb blast, masterminded by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), came on October 29, 2005 – just two days before the auspicious festival of Diwali. The three explosions shattered the national capital, killing 62 people and injuring at least 210 others.

Two bombs exploded in the main markets of Sarojini Nagar and Paharganj, whereas the third one took place in a bus in Govindpuri. In case of the bus, it was the awareness of the passengers and conductor that somewhat saved the day. Immediately after seeing a suspicious bag, they started to unload the bus thus minimising the impact.


2006 Bombay train blast

2006 Bombay train blast

2006 Mumbai train blasts

In possibly the biggest terror attack after the 1993 Mumbai blasts, a series of seven blasts took place in Mumbai’s local trains on July 11, 2006 over a period of 11 minutes during evening rush hour. The bombs were set off in pressure cookers on trains plying the Western line of the Suburban Railway network. A total of 209 people were killed and over 700 were injured.

The bombs were planted at or in the vicinity of the suburban railway stations of Matunga Road, Mahim, Bandra, Khar Road, Jogeshwari, Bhayandar and Borivali. The investigation pointed to Indian Mujahideen’s hand behind the dastardly attack.


2007 Samjhauta Express bombings

2007 Samjhauta Express bombings

2007 Samjhauta Express bombings

On February 18, 2007, the Samjhauta Express which runs twice a week connecting Delhi and Lahore, became a victim of terrorists’ ill intentions. Bombs were set off in two carriages, both filled with passengers, just after the train passed Diwana near the Indian city of Panipat. 68 people were killed in the attack while dozens were left injured.

Of the 68 fatalities, most were Pakistani civilians. The victims also included some Indian civilians and three railway policemen.

26/11 Mumbai attacks 2008

Mumbai attacks 2008

2008 Mumbai attacks

This attack will go down in history as one of the worst terror attacks India ever faced. 10 Fidayeen terrorists entered Mumbai from sea way and went on a killing spree unlike anything seen before.

The attacks, which drew widespread global condemnation, began on Wednesday, November 26 and lasted until Saturday, November 29, 2008, killing 164 people and wounding at least 308.

Terrorists captured Nariman house, Hotel Taj and Hotel Oberoi Trident. Apart from that five more places were targeted – Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital, Metro Cinema and in a lane behind Times of India office.

One attacker Ajmal Kasab was arrested and nine others were killed by police and NSG commandos in a long battle. The attack was conducted by Pakistan based militant organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba and mastermind was Hafiz Saeed.


2008 Jaipur blast

2008 Jaipur blast

2008 Jaipur blasts

The May 13, 2008 Jaipur bombings were a series of nine synchronised bomb blasts that took place in ‘Pink City’ Jaipur in a span of 15 minutes. The tenth bomb was found and diffused by the authorities. Official reports confirm 63 dead with 216 or more people injured.

The attack came as a shock for the nation as it was the first time terrorists had targeted a tourist destination like Jaipur. The bombs went off near historic monuments at one of the busiest times of the day. One of the bombs exploded close to Jaipur’s most famous landmark, the historic Hawa Mahal.


2008 Assam bombings

2008 assam bombings

2008 Assam bombings

The serial bomb blasts, which took place on October 30, 2008, proved to be one of the most damaging India ever witnessed. As many as 18 blasts ripped apart Guwahati, Barpeta Road, Bongaigaon and Kokrajhar, causing at least 81 deaths and 470 injuries.

Most of the bombs exploded near the main market at a time when it was crowded.

While no terror group claimed the responsibility for the attack, investigations suggested that the blasts were executed by National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB).


Pulwama Terror Attack 2019 Feb 14

pulwama attack 2019

Worst terrorist attack in India since Narendra Modi came to power in 2014

At least 44 Indian paramilitary police were killed in a suicide attack in the country’s restive Kashmir vicinity on Thursday, prompting an immediate war of words among the nuclear-armed international locations of India and Pakistan. In the worst terrorist incident since Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014, an explosive-encumbered car obliterated a bus on a major motorway round 20km from the regional capital, Srinagar. Indian tv broadcast pictures of the vehicle, which had been a part of a 78-automobile convoy, displaying it had been absolutely destroyed by way of the force of the blast with nearby media reporting that as much as 350kg of explosives were used.



Here is the list of terrorist Incidents In India:

Terrorist incidents in India
Year Number of
Deaths Injuries
2018 748 350 540
2017 1000 470 702
2016 1025 467 788
2015 884 387 649
2014 860 490 776
2013 694 467 771
2012 611 264 651
2011 645 499 730
2010 663 812 660
2009 672 774 854
2008 534 824 1,759
2007 149 626 1,187
2006 167 722 2,138
2005 146 466 1,216
2004 108 334 949
2003 196 472 1,183
2002 184 599 1,186
2001 234 660 1,144
2000 180 671 761
1999 112 469 591
1998 61 398 411
1997 193 853 1,416
1996 213 569 952
1995 179 361 616
1994 107 389 405
1993 42 525 1,564
1992 237 1,152 917
1991 339 1,113 1,326
1990 349 907 1,042
1989 324 874 769
1988 358 966 1,033
1987 166 506 429
1986 96 340 163
1985 39 51 79
1984 159 195 364
1983 47 59 217
1982 13 64 102
1981 16 24 12
1980 10 17 13
1979 20 31 19
1978 0 0 0
1977 1 0 0
1976 1 0 0
1975 1 4 0
1974 0 0 0
1973 0 0 0
1972 1 0 0
1971 0 0 0
1970 0 0 0
Total 12,002 19,866 30,544

How do we stay alert

While the main focus of terrorist attacks has been against Indian government interests, terrorists have also targeted places visited by westerners including public places like restaurants, hotels, railway stations, markets, places of worship, festivals and sporting venues.

Be vigilant, especially in public places. Always monitor local media before planning your travel for any local travel warnings. If you see unattended baggage, report it promptly. Security has been strengthened, notably at major hotels and transport hubs (airports, railway and metro stations).

Take particular care in the lead up to and on days of national and/or religious significance, like Republic Day (26 January), Independence Day (15 August), Diwali (usually in October/November) and Eid (usually May/June).


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