On 15 May 1988, Abu Nidal Organization terrorists carried out machine gun and grenade attacks against two sites frequented by Westerners in Khartoum, Sudan. Seven people were killed and 21 people were wounded in the attacks.[1]

1988 Khartoum attacks
LocationKhartoum, Sudan
Date15 May 1988
Attack type
Shooting, grenade attacks
PerpetratorsAbu Nidal Organization

Attacks edit

The terrorists attacked two sites using machine guns and hand grenades, the Acropole Hotel, which hosted a large number of foreigners and diplomats, and the Sudan Club, used exclusively by British and Commonwealth citizens. Witnesses and the police said an explosion tore through the dining room of the Acropole as guests were having dinner, and ripped two large holes in the ceiling and the floor of the one-story building while decapititating one of two children killed in the hotel with limbs scattered across the floor.[2][3]

The attacks came 30 minutes before a national unity government was sworn in at the presidential palace a few hundred yards away.[2] According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, the attack on the soft target, which was well known for hosting many Westerners, was "in apparent revenge for the Israeli assassination in Tunisia of the PLO military leader Khalil al-Wazir."[4]

In October 1988, five terrorists belonging to a front group of the Abu Nidal Organization were sentenced to death.[1] Their death sentences were turned into prison-time, when the relatives of the Sudanese victims agreed to the payment of "blood money". In January 1991, shortly before the Gulf War started, the new regime of the Islamist leader Hassan Al Turabi released the five from prison.[5]

References edit

  1. ^ a b Rubin, Barry; Rubin, Judith Colp (2015). Chronologies of Modern Terrorism. Routledge. p. 202. ISBN 9781317474654.
  2. ^ a b "7 Are Reported Killed in 2 Attacks in Sudan". The New York Times. 16 May 1988.
  3. ^ "Seven Killed in Attacks in Khartoum". Associated Press. 16 May 1988.
  4. ^ "Country Report: Sudan". The Economist Intelligence Unit: 50. 1990.
  5. ^ Petterson, Donald (2009). Inside Sudan: Political Islam, Conflict, And Catastrophe. Hachette.