On the 18th of April, 1983 a car bomb was detonated by a suicide attacker outside the United States embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. Sixty-three people were killed and over a hundred injured.
The bombing came after America and other Western countries intervened in the Lebanese Civil War. The victims included over thirty Lebanese employees, seventeen Americans, and various passersby.
The attack was claimed by the Islamic Jihad Organisation, a pro-Iranian group.
Ronald and Nancy Reagan view the caskets of the Americans killed. X
Following the bombing, the US embassy was moved to an allegedly safer location.
The Lebanese Civil War continued until 1990.
Just as I started typing this, they announced two more deaths in a press conference.
This photo is from Westminster Bridge only a few weeks ago. I’m not sure what you’re supposed to say in these situations…
The aftermath of a car bombing carried out by the IRA outside the Old Bailey in London. 8th March, 1973.
On the 29th of November, 1993 a man by the name of Felipe Ruizdiaz went on a rampage in Canberra, Australia’s capital city. Ruizdiaz, 47, shot the manager at Dickson Swimming Pool before driving his ute, filled with gas canisters and petrol, to the Jolimont Centre in Canberra’s city centre.
In what was believed to be a revenge attack on his estranged wife, he drove into the entrance of the multi-storey building and began to throw petrol bombs before shooting at emergency service members who responded to the incident.
Ruizdiaz eventually shot and killed himself.
A radio station located in the building continued to broadcast throughout the attack.