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This is a timeline of incidents in 2008 that have been labelled as "terrorism" and are not believed to have been carried out by a government or its forces (see state terrorism and state-sponsored terrorism).
This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (August 2008)
Number of terrorist incidents 2008
  0 people were killed/injured by the incident.
  1–19 people were killed/injured by the incident.
  20–49 people were killed/injured by the incident.
  50–99 people were killed/injured by the incident.
  100+ people were killed/injured by the incident.
Total incidents: 4
14 January≈6≈6Kabul, AfghanistanA suicide bomber kills six at the Kabul Serena Hotel.[1]
16 January3065Buttala, Sri LankaA civilian bus was bombed, and the fleeing passengers were gunned down and the feeing gunmen also attacked farmers, killing at least 30 people.[2][3] The Sri Lankan government claimed that the gunman belonged to LTTE.
18 January44Hadhramaut Governorate, Yemen.Gunmen opened fire on a group of tourists, killing two Belgian women, their Yemeni driver and a Yemeni man believed to be a tourist guide. Belgian tourist and a Yemeni were wounded in the incident. Al-Qaida suspected.[4]
29 January223Thénia, Boumerdès Province, Algeria.Suicide bomber drove and detonated a vehicle on a police headquarters, killing several policemen. Al-Qaida suspected.[5]
Total incidents: 2
1 February03Nouakchott, Mauritania.Unidentified gunmen opened fire on Israel's embassy in Mauritania, wounding three French nationals[6]
11 February≈25≈40Balad, IraqBalad, Iraq is struck by a car bomb. See 2008 Balad bombing.[7]
Total incidents: 1
6 March00New York City, United States.A bomb goes off outside an empty military recruiting station in Times Square.[8]
Total incidents: 2
6 April 1590Weliveriya, Sri Lanka.See 2008 Weliveriya bombing
12 April 13~200Shiraz, Iran.A bomb exploded inside of the Shohada Hosseiniyeh mosque at around 9 pm during a sermon by a cleric well known for criticism of Wahhabism and of the Baháʼí Faith. Tehran blamed Western-backed monarchists for the attack.[9][10] On its website, a group called Anjoman-e Padeshahi-e Iran (API), or Soldiers of the Kingdom Assembly of Iran, claimed responsibility.[11]
Total incidents: 4
2 May ~15~55Yemen, Sa'dah Governorate.15 are killed and 55 are injured in a bombing at the Bin Salman mosque.[12]
13 May 80216Jaipur, India.A simultaneous bomb blast at eight different sites, including a crowded shopping site and a Hanuman temple, a self-styled Indian Mujahideen, (a collaboration of LeT & SIMI) has claimed responsibility.[13]
22 May 01Exeter, United Kingdom.See 2008 Exeter bombing
28 May 35Negele Boran, Ethiopia.A bomb blast at Kidane Mihret and Shuferoch hotel, Islamic militants suspected.[14]
Total incidents: 6
2 June ~8~30Islamabad, Pakistan.A suicide car bombing blast occurred at around 1 pm local time outside of the Danish embassy. Nearby buildings also suffered damage. The attack is thought to be the work of fundamentalist terrorists.[15]
6 June 2147Moratuwa suburb of Colombo, Sri Lanka.A roadside bomb blast targeted a crowded state-run commuter bus at about 7:35 am The government quickly placed blame upon LTTE, who had yet to claim responsibility. See 2008 Moratuwa bus bombing[16]
6 June 220Kandy district, Sri Lanka.The Sri Lankan government blamed LTTE militants for a bomb explosion that occurred aboard a commuter bus only a few hours after a similar attack near the capital. See 2008 Polgolla bus bombing[16]
9 June 12Boumerdès Province, Algeria.Two explosions kill 13 in the town of Beni Amrane, Algeria. Islamic militants suspected.[17]
16 June 1240+Northern Province, Sri LankaExplosives in a motorcycle is detonated in front of a police station in Vavuniya, killing 12 members of police and injuring 40, including children.[18]
26 June 1825Al-Karmah, Al Anbar Governorate, Iraq.A suicide bomber attacked a meeting of tribal sheikhs. U.S. troops, who were in attendance, were among the injured. It is believed that AQI was behind the attack.[19]
Total incidents: 9
6 July 11~22Islamabad, PakistanA suicide-bomber targeted a group of police officers near the Lal Masjid almost a year after a deadly siege and raid on the mosque.[20]
7 July 58150+Kabul, AfghanistanA suicide-bomber drove an explosives-laden automobile into the front gates of the Indian embassy.[21]
9 July 33Istanbul, Turkey.Four men, believed to be Turkish citizens, attacked the American consulate around 1100 local time. Three of the four began shooting and were soon met with police fire. The three gunmen, as well as three police officers, were killed in the exchange. The fourth assailant, the driver, escaped the scene. Injuries occurred to two other people.[22][23]
15 July 3563Diyala, Iraq.Two men detonated explosive-laden belts seconds apart in a crowd of Army recruits at the Saad military base. The two bombers had disguised themselves as recruits.[24]
21 July 213Kunming, Yunnan, China.Two bomb explosions occurred on board separate passenger buses during the early morning commute. The first blast happened at about 7:00 am and the second came about an hour later.[25][26]
25 July 220Bangalore, India.A series of nine blasts kills 2 and injures 20 people.[27]
26 July 56200Ahmedabad, IndiaA series of seventeen blasts killing 49 and injuring 160 people.[28]
27 July ~17150+Istanbul, TurkeyTwo bombs kill 17 people and wound at least 150 in Istanbul.[29]
27 July 27Knoxville, Tennessee, United StatesKnoxville Unitarian Universalist church shooting, Jim David Adkisson kills 2 people and injures 7 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Total incidents: 4
9 August223Zemmouri, Boumerdès Province, Algeria.Suicide bomber drove and detonated a vehicle on a gendarmerie headquarters, killing several people. Al-Qaida suspected.[30]
19 August 4345Issers, Boumerdès Province, Algeria.A suicide bomber drove a vehicle into a large group of military recruits gathering for exams. Although no one has claimed responsibility, such attacks are usually blamed upon Al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb.[31][32]
21 August 6381Wah, Attock District, Pakistan.Twin suicide bombings kill 63 people and injure 81 people targeting Pakistan's main munitions factory, the Pakistan Ordnance Factories. The Pakistani Taliban claims responsibility in retaliation for Pakistan Army attacks in the War in North-West Pakistan.[33]
23 August 8Swat, Pakistan.A suicide bomber drives and detonates a vehicle into a checkpoint, killing 8 policemen and injuring several others.[34]
Total incidents: 11
6 September 50+80+Peshawar, Pakistan.Two bombs exploded in the city of Peshawar. The first occurred when suicide bomber in a pickup truck, detonated near a paramilitary checkpoint, killing 16.[35] Two hours later, a suicide bomber struck a police post, killing 30 and injuring dozens.[36]
12 September 2840Salah ad Din, Iraq.28 people killed and 40 injured in a suicide car bombing in Dujail. The attack happened around 1800 (1500 GMT), when a suicide bomber drove and detonated a vehicle into a police station.[37]
13 September 3090Delhi, India.A series of 5 bombs exploded in Delhi, killing 30 and injuring 90.[38]
15 September 2232Diyala, Iraq.A female suicide bomber detonates herself at a party, killing 22 and injuring 32.[39]
15 September8132Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico.A series of grenades are detonated in crowds gathered to celebrate Independence Day.[40][41]
17 September16+16+San‘a’, Yemen.A car bomb exploded outside the U.S. Embassy and was ambushed by militants.[42] The attackers, reportedly dressed as policemen, also exchanged rocket and gun fire. A group calling itself Islamic Jihad in Yemen claimed responsibility.[43]
20 September60+250+Islamabad, Pakistan.The Marriott Hotel is attacked by a massive suicide car bomb, killing over 60 and injuring 250.[44] The blast caused a natural gas leak fire, which destroyed the hotel further. Hours before the blast, President Asif Ali Zardari addressed a joint session of Parliament and promised to root out terrorism.[45]
27 September1714Damascus, Syria.At least 17 people been killed and 14 hurt by a car bomb on the outskirts of Syria's capital. The target of the blast was unclear, but it struck close to an important Shia shrine and a security post.[46]
28 September34100+Baghdad, Iraq.Several blasts occurred across Baghdad in what turned out to be the deadliest day in the city during Ramadan. The first attack was planted inside a minibus, in the Shurta neighborhood, killing 12 and injuring at least 30. Minutes later, a car bomb exploded in the Hay al-Amil district, killing one. Later, a suicide bomber wearing an explosives vest detonated minutes after a bomb in a parked car exploded. A roadside bomb also occurred within the time frame.[47] An Iraqi government security spokesperson said "the insurgents want to show there is no security in Baghdad".[48]
28 September730Tripoli, Lebanon.A car bomb targeting a military bus carrying soldiers is detonated, killing 7 and injuring 30.[49]
30 September830Gujarat and Maharashtra, India.Three bombs explode in western parts of India killing 8 and injuring 30.[50]
Total incidents: 4
1 October ~4100Agartala, India.Three bombs exploded in the insurgency-racked North-East India. Police said they suspected Muslim militant groups based in Bangladesh for the blasts in the Radhanagar and Gulbazar areas of Tripura's capital.[51][52]
10 October 113100+Orakzai, Pakistan.A suicide bomber drove his car into a meeting of 600 people which was being held in open ground and blew himself up. The meeting was a council of local leaders discussing to raise a militia to evict Taliban from the region.[53][54]
21 October 17+30+Imphal, India.A bomb was suspected to have been planted on a moped near the Manipur police commando complex at Minuthong in Imphal at 19:30. Police said none of the Manipur police commando personnel staying at the barrack complex were among the casualties. Unconfirmed reports, however, said a surrendered militant may be among the dead.[55]
30 October 84+470+Assam, India.A series of 13 blasts occurred in and around Guwahati.[56]
Total incidents: 2
6 November 1141Vladikavkaz, Russia.A bombing on a microbus has killed 11 people and injured 41 more. The attack occurred in the province of North Ossetia bordering war-scarred Chechnya as well as the disputed territory of South Ossetia.[57] Investigators stated that a female suicide bomber may have conducted the attack.[58]
26–29 November175327+Mumbai, India.Armed terrorists opened fire at eight different sites in a coordinated attack. They wielded automatic weapons and attacked locations including a train station, hotels, restaurants, a police station, and a hospital. Some terrorists took hostages and high military grade explosives (RDX) were found nearby; at least eight explosions were reported.
Total incidents: 2
5 December 29100Peshawar, Pakistan.A car bomb is detonated near a Shia mosque in the central Kissa Khwani bazaar.[59]
24 December 860+?Haut-Uele, Democratic Republic of the Congo.2008 Christmas massacres[60][61]
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