List of terrorist incidents in 2013

This is a list of terrorist incidents which took place in 2013, including attacks by violent non-state actors for political motives. Note that terrorism related to drug wars and cartel violence is not included in these lists. Ongoing military conflicts are listed separately.


  • To be included, entries must be notable (have a stand-alone article) and described by a consensus of reliable sources as "terrorism".
  • List entries must comply with the guidelines outlined in the manual of style under MOS:TERRORIST.
  • Casualty figures in this list are the total casualties of the incident including immediate casualties and later casualties (such as people who succumbed to their wounds long after the attacks occurred).
  • Casualties listed are the victims. Perpetrator casualties are listed separately (e.g. x (+y) indicate that x victims and y perpetrators were killed/injured).
  • Casualty totals may be underestimated or unavailable due to a lack of information. A figure with a plus (+) sign indicates that at least that many people have died (e.g. 10+ indicates that at least 10 people have died) – the actual toll could be considerably higher. A figure with a plus (+) sign may also indicate that over that number of people are victims.
  • If casualty figures are 20 or more, they will be shown in bold. In addition, figures for casualties more than 50 will also be underlined.
  • Incidents are limited to one per location per day. If multiple attacks occur in the same place on the same day, they will be merged into a single incident.


Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator
Jan 10 Suicide bombings, bombing 126 270+ Quetta, Pakistan January 2013 Pakistan bombings: A string of bombings hit Pakistan, killing 126 and leaving scores injured. A bombing at a crowded market in Quetta killed 12 and injured 47 in an attack claimed by a Balochistan separatist group. Later, twin blasts took place in quick succession at a snooker hall. A total of 92 people were killed in these attacks, including 9 policemen, 25 rescue workers and 3 journalists who perished in the second one. In addition, an explosion at a Tableeghi Jamaat seminary in the Swat Valley, outside of Saidu Sharif, killed 22 people and wounded 60.[1][2][3][4][5] Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
Jan 15 Rocket attacks 82 160 Aleppo, Syria Aleppo University bombings: Two large explosions struck an area between the Aleppo University halls of residence and the faculty of architecture, killing 82 and injuring scores more as students were gathering for the first day of exams. Syrian State TV accused rebels of launching a surface-to-air missile at the area, while opposition activists said government jets had bombed the campus.[6]
Jan 16–19 Shooting, hostage crisis 69 unknown In Aménas, Algeria In Amenas hostage crisis: Al-Qaeda-linked militants under the command of Mokhtar Belmokhtar took more than 800 people hostage at a remote gas facility in Algeria. After a tense 4-day standoff with the Algerian Army and at least 2 assaults, the crisis ended, with at least 40 hostages and 29 militants confirmed dead, while 685 Algerian workers and 107 foreigners were freed.[7]
Feb 2 Suicide bombing 1 1 Ankara, Turkey 2013 United States embassy bombing in Ankara: A suicide bombing in front of the US embassy in Ankara killed a security guard and injured a journalist. The leftist RPLP-F group claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was in response to NATO's recent deployment of MIM-104 Patriot missiles along the troubled Turkish-Syrian border.[8] RPLP-F
Feb 16 Bombing 84 190 Quetta, Pakistan February 2013 Quetta bombing: A bomb attached to a motorbike exploded at a market in Hazara Town on the outskirts of Quetta, killing at least 84 and injuring almost 200 others. Most of the victims were members of the predominantly Twelver Shia minority, and authorities expected the death toll to rise due to the large number of serious injuries.[9] Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
Feb 21 Car bombings 83 250+ Damascus, Syria February 2013 Damascus bombings: A huge car bomb exploded next to the Ba'ath Party offices in Damascus, killing 61 and injuring more than 200. The attack killed mostly civilians and was the deadliest in the capital during the civil war. Both the government and the SNC condemned the blast. In addition, three bombings killed 22 and injured 50 in the suburb of Barzeh. Most of the victims were government soldiers.[10][11] Al-Nusra Front Suspected
Feb 21 Bombings 17 119 Hyderabad, India 2013 Hyderabad blasts: Two blasts occurred at crowded intersections in the Indian city of Hyderabad, killing 17 and injuring more than 100 others. Authorities suspected the Islamist Indian Mujahideen group of being behind the bombings.[12][13] Indian Mujahideen Suspected
Mar 3 Car bombings 48 180 Karachi, Pakistan March 2013 Karachi bombing: At least 48 people were killed and scores injured after twin bombings struck Shi'ite faithful as they were leaving a prayer hall. Authorities suspected the Sunni militant group Lashkar-e Jhangvi of being behind the attacks.[14]
Mar 4 Ambush 64 10 Akashat, Iraq Akashat ambush: Unidentified gunmen ambushed a Syrian Army convoy escorted by Iraqi soldiers, killing 51 Syrians and 13 Iraqis. The well-planned assault took place in Akashat, near the desert border between the two nations. The Islamic State of Iraq claimed responsibility for the attack on March 11.[15][16] Islamic State of Iraq
Mar 13 Bombings, shootings 5 10 Srinagar, India March 2013 Srinagar attack: Two gunmen assaulted a CRPF camp in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, killing 5 troops and injuring 10 others. Authorities suspected the Hizbul Mujahideen or Lashkar-e-Taiba of being behind the attack.[17]
Mar 18 Suicide bombing 41 44 Kano, Nigeria 2013 Kano bus bombing: A suicide bomber attacked a bus station in a predominantly Christian area of Kano, killing 41 passengers and injuring dozens more.[18][19]
Mar 19 Bombings, shootings 98 240 across Iraq 19 March 2013 Iraq attacks: A series of coordinated bombings and shootings across central and northern Iraq killed 98 people and left more than 200 injured on the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War. At least 61 were killed and 148 wounded in Baghdad alone, where most of the major attacks took place.[20] Islamic State of Iraq
Apr 12 Suicide bombing 4 8 Kidal, Mali 2013 Kidal suicide attack: Two suicide bombers detonated their explosive belts at a market in Kidal, killing 4 Chadian soldiers and injuring 8 others, including 5 civilians.[21][22] MOJWA
Apr 15 Bombings, shootings 75 356 across Iraq 15 April 2013 Iraq attacks: A string of attacks across Iraq left 75 dead and approximately 350 others injured. The wave of attacks began with 8 bombings in Baghdad that killed 30 and wounded 92. Attacks also took place in Kirkuk, Baqubah, Tikrit, Fallujah, Nassiriyah and Mussayab, among others.[23]
Apr 15 Bombing 5 264[24] Boston, United States Boston Marathon bombing: Two bombs were detonated near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, killing at least three people and leaving more than 180 others injured. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan were identified as the main suspects; Tamerlan was killed during a shootout with police in Watertown, Massachusetts in the early hours of April 19, and Dzhokhar arrested nearby about 18 hours later. The two also shot and killed a police officer in Cambridge prior to the police chase.[25]
Apr 16 Bombing 0 16 Bangalore, India 2013 Bangalore bombing: A bomb placed on a motorcycle exploded next to the offices of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party in the southern city of Bangalore, injuring 11 policemen and 5 civilians.[26]
Apr 23–26 Bombings, shootings 331+ 577+ across Iraq 2013 Hawija clashes: On April 23, an Iraqi Army raid against a protest encampment in the city of Hawija, west of Kirkuk, led to dozens of civilian deaths and to several insurgent groups and local tribal militias attacking security forces across the country. At least 331 were killed and almost 600 injured in four days of violence, and attacks against security forces and the Sons of Iraq continued at a lower level after that.[27][28][29][30] Islamic State of Iraq, Naqshbandi Army, Sons of Iraq, Iraqi Army, Iraqi Police
Apr 29 Stabbing 1 0 Birmingham, United Kingdom Part of 4 attacks by Pavlo Lapshyn. 82-year-old Mohammed Saleem, a Birmingham resident, was stabbed to death. Lapshyn later went on a campaign of bombing attempts at mosques in the West Midlands.[31][32] Pavlo Lapshyn
May 15–21 Bombings, shootings 449 732 across Iraq May 2013 Iraq attacks: A series of deadly bombings and shootings struck the central and northern parts of Iraq over a period of seven days, killing at least 449 people and injuring more than 700 others. The deadliest incident was a blast at a Sunni mosque in Baqubah on May 17 that killed 43 and injured 80 others, sparking fears of a return to all-out sectarian violence.[33][34][35][36] Islamic State of Iraq Suspected
May 22 Knife attack 1 2 Woolwich, United Kingdom Murder of Lee Rigby: British soldier and Drummer Lee Rigby was knocked down by a car in Woolwich, after which the 2 occupants attacked him with knives and a machete, almost decapitating him and dumping the body on the road. The attackers were later injured in a shootout with security forces and subsequently arrested.[37] Lone wolves
May 26 Ambush 27 32 Chhattisgarh, India 2013 Naxal attack in Darbha valley: A ten-vehicle convoy carrying Indian National Congress workers was ambushed by around 250 Naxalite rebels after a land mine was triggered in the Darbha valley, a remote area in the Sukma district. Among those killed were Chhattisgarh INC leader Nand Kumar Patel and his son, who were kidnapped during the incident and later found dead, as well as Salwa Judum founder and former state Minister, Mahendra Karma.[38] Communist Party of India (Maoist)
Jun 10 Bombings, shootings 94 289 across Iraq 10 June 2013 Iraq attacks: Insurgents staged another series of coordinated attacks across central and northern parts of Iraq, killing more than 90 people and injuring hundreds more. The incidents included a series of bombing and clashes in Mosul that killed 34 and wounded 123 others. Other attacks targeted Iraqi Army bases, markets, as well as police checkpoints.[39] Islamic State of Iraq
Jun 16 Bombings, shootings 54 174 across Iraq 16 June 2013 Iraq attacks: Insurgents set off a number of coordinated attacks across Iraq, killing more than 50 people and injuring scores more. Deadly attacks took place in Baghdad and Mosul, but most of the incidents focused on the country's south, including Kut, Najaf, Nassiriya and Basra.[40] Islamic State of Iraq
Jun 18 Suicide bombing 28 60+ Shergarh, Pakistan 2013 Mardan funeral bombing: A suicide bomber detonated his vest at a funeral in northwest Pakistan, killing 28 and injuring scores more. Among those killed in the attack was Imran Khan Mohmand, who was previously an independent MPA.[41][42][43]
Jun 19 Bombing 22 20+ Mogadishu, Somalia June 2013 Mogadishu attack: A team of militants detonated a car bomb at the main UNDP base in the Somali capital and staged an assault on the compound which left 22 dead and dozens injured. Government forces were able to retake control of the site after a 90-minute shootout which killed 7 attackers, 7 civilians, 4 foreign UN security staff and 4 local guards.[44] al-Shabaab
Jun 21 Bombing 15 25+ Peshawar, Pakistan 2013 Peshawar mosque bombing: A suicide bomber blew himself up at a Shiite mosque in a Peshawar's Gulshan neighborhood, killing at least 15 and injuring dozens more. The perpetrators first gunned down a police officer and a security guard, before the suicide bomber went into the mosque.[45]
Jun 21 Bombing 0 0 Walsall, United Kingdom Part of 4 attacks by Pavlo Lapshyn. A homemade bomb was left and detonated outside a mosque in Walsall during Friday prayers.[32][31] Pavlo Lapshyn
Jun 22–23 Mass murder 11 2 Nanga Parbat, Pakistan 2013 Nanga Parbat massacre Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan
Jun 25 Suicide car bombing, shooting 3 Kabul, Afghanistan 2013 Afghan presidential palace attack: A group of eight Taliban fighters cleared two high-level security clearances, entering one of the most heavily restricted areas in Kabul.[46] They detonated a series of suicide bombs near the eastern gate of the Afghanistan presidential palace, launching two rocket propelled grenades at the CIA headquarters in Afghanistan and engaging in a firefight with palace security guards.[47] Three Afghan guards were killed, as well as all of the eight Taliban fighters.[48] Afghan Taliban
Jun 28 Bombing 0 0 Wolverhampton, United Kingdom Part of 4 attacks by Pavlo Lapshyn. A homemade bomb was left and detonated outside a mosque in Wolverhampton during Friday prayers.[32][31] Pavlo Lapshyn
Jul 2 Bombings, shootings 86 234 across Iraq July 2013 Iraq attacks: Five car bombs exploded in predominantly Shia areas of the capital city at about 18:00 in the neighbourhoods of Shuala, Kamiliyah, Shaab and Abu Tcheer. Other shootings in the city also killed four people. At the same time two bombings in Kirkuk and Mosul resulted in one person dead and three others wounded.[49] Other targets included Iraqi Army and Police forces, Sahwa members, as well as government officials.[50]
Jul 6 Raid 42 ? Mamudo, Yobe State, Nigeria Yobe State school shooting: Gunmen attacked the Government Secondary School boarding school in a pre-dawn raid. Most of the victims were students, with the exception of a few staff members and at least one teacher. More than 100 people were reported missing in the aftermath of the attack. Survivors were treated for burn and gunshot wounds, while some of the students were burned alive.[51] Boko Haram
Jul 12 Bombing 0 0 Tipton, United Kingdom Part of 4 attacks by Pavlo Lapshyn. A homemade bomb was left and detonated outside a mosque in Tipton during Friday prayers.[31][32] Pavlo Lapshyn
Jul 20–21 Clashes 21 6 Arauca, Colombia 2013 Colombian clashes: During clashes over two days, 17 Colombian forces died on the first day and four others the next day. At the same time the rebels, believed to be either FARC or ELN, had taken U.S. citizen Kevin Scott Sutay hostage on 20 June. The attacks occurred during peace talks in Cuba between the government and FARC.[52] FARC or ELN
Jul 27 Suicide truck bomb 6 9 Mogadishu, Somalia 2013 Mogadishu Turkish embassy attack: A suicide bomber drove a truck into the gate of the Turkish embassy.[53] Al Shabaab
Aug 21 Chemical attack 281–1,729 3,600 Ghouta, Syria Ghouta chemical attack: A series of chemical attacks were conducted in the Ghouta region of Syria. Syrian Arab Army / Syrian rebels (suspected)
Sep 9–28 Clashes, arson and hostage-taking 220 ~254 Zamboanga City, Philippines Zamboanga City crisis: Moro National Liberation Front and Government forces clashes in Zamboanga City Moro National Liberation Front
Sep 13 Truck bomb, shooting 2 20 Herat, Afghanistan 2013 attack on U.S. consulate in Herat: A group of seven Taliban militants attacked the U.S. consulate using truck bombs, assault rifles, and rocket-propelled grenades Taliban
Sep 21 Shooting 68 ~100 Nairobi, Kenya Westgate shopping mall attack: A group of around 10 men entered the Westgate Shopping Mall, an exclusive shopping centre in the capital of Kenya, Nairobi. 68 deaths have been confirmed and 100 injuries have been confirmed. Grenades and shooting were reported in the mall. al-Shabab
Oct 27 Bombs 5 66 Patna, Bihar, India 2013 Patna bombings: Eight bombs exploded in the city just before BJP opposition prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was due to speak in the lead-up to the 2014 Indian general election Indian Mujahideen
Oct 28 Car attack 5 38 Beijing, China 2013 Tiananmen Square attack: An SUV truck drove off the road at north of Tiananmen Square, passed the barriers and was suspected to caught fire almost directly in front of the main entrance Monday the sport utility vehicle veered off the road at the north of the square and crossed the barriers. The vehicle was suspected to caught fire almost directly in front of the portrait of Mao Zedong, founder of the People's Republic of China, at the main entrance of the Forbidden City. The incident took the lives of all three occupants of the vehicle, who were suspected to be Uighurs and two tourists, one Filipina and one Chinese. The incident was suspected to be a suicide attack perpetrated by Uighur separatists.[54] East Turkestan Islamic Movement
Dec 5 Suicide car bombing 56 200+ Sana'a, Yemen 2013 Sanaa attack: A suicide bomber drove an explosive-laden car towards the western entrance of the Defense Ministry complex. The suicide car bombing was followed by a coordinated attack by militants in another car. The attack saw at least 25 casualties, six of them were doctors and four were patients from a hospital within the complex. Another coordinated attack and gunfight outside the complex late afternoon was reported to have taken place.[55] al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula(Suspected)
Dec 25 Car bombings 8 37 Baghdad, Iraq 2013 Baghdad Christmas Day bombings: On 25 December 2013, three separate bombings in Baghdad, Iraq targeted Christians, killing 38 people and wounding 70 others.[56]
Dec 27 Car bombing 8 70 Beirut, Lebanon Assassination of Mohamad Chatah: At approximately 9:40am,[57] a car bomb struck the convoy of Mohamad Chatah, a former Lebanese minister of finance and ambassador to the United States.[58][59] The bombing killed a total of eight people, among them Chatah, and injured seventy others.[60]

Total Incidents: 44


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