10 in­ci­dents oc­curred over 2 years

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THE deadly bomb­ing at a pop con­cert in Manch­ester, the United King­dom, which killed 22 peo­ple in­clud­ing chil­dren was the lat­est at­tack against tar­gets in Europe, most of them by rad­i­cal Is­lamists.

Po­lice said they be­lieve Mon­day night’s at­tack, just af­ter United States singer Ari­ana Grande, a favourite among teens and pre­teens, had ended her per­for­mance, was com­mit­ted by one man. No-one has yet claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Here are some of the ma­jor at­tacks in Europe over the past two years:

ON March 22 last year, sui­cide bomb­ings claimed by the Is­lamic State (IS) mil­i­tant group killed 32 peo­ple and in­jured 230 more at Brus­sels Air­port and Mael­beek Metro Sta­tion, near the Euro­pean Union (EU) head­quar­ters. The at­tacks were led by an IS cell that was also re­spon­si­ble for the car­nage here in Novem­ber 2015.

Five peo­ple died on March 22, 2017, a year af­ter the Brus­sels at­tacks, when a man rammed his car into pedes­tri­ans on West­min­ster Bridge in Lon­don and then fa­tally stabbed a po­lice of­fi­cer out­side Par­lia­ment. The at­tacker was shot dead by po­lice.

ON Feb 14, 2015, a gun­man opened fire at a cul­tural cen­tre in Copen­hagen, Den­mark as it hosted a fo­rum on Is­lam and free speech.

A film­maker was killed. Hours later another man was shot dead at the city’s main syn­a­gogue. Po­lice later killed the gun­man, who had vowed al­le­giance to IS. France has been the hard­est hit among EU states, with 238 deaths.

ON Jan­uary 7, 2015 two broth­ers who had vowed al­le­giance to al-Qaeda gunned down 12 peo­ple at satirical weekly Char­lie Hebdo here. The next day, a man linked to IS shot and killed a po­lice of­fi­cer in a sub­urb here. He took hostages at a su­per­mar­ket just out­side Paris the fol­low­ing day, killing four more peo­ple.

All three gun­men were killed by po­lice.

ON Nov 13, 2015, France suf­fered its worst ter­ror at­tack when 130 peo­ple died in a string of bomb­ings and shoot­ings at the Bat­a­clan con­cert hall and sev­eral bars and restau­rants here, and at the Stade de France sta­dium. IS claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity.

ON July 14 last year, a na­tional hol­i­day, a man rammed a truck into a crowd in Nice, killing 86 peo­ple. He was shot dead by po­lice. IS claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity over the in­ci­dent.

ON Dec 19 last year, a man hi­jacked a truck and ploughed into shop­pers at a Christ­mas mar­ket in Ber­lin, Ger­many, killing 12 peo­ple. The at­tacker was shot dead by po­lice in Mi­lan, Italy, four days later, and the ram­page was claimed by IS.

ON April 3, five peo­ple were killed when a bomb ripped through an un­der­ground train in Saint Peters­burg, Rus­sia.

A group sus­pected of links to al-Qaeda claimed the at­tack, which was blamed on a Rus­sian sui­cide bomber born in Kyr­gyzs­tan.

ON April 7, a truck ploughed into shop­pers out­side a busy de­part­ment store in Stock­holm, killing five peo­ple in­clud­ing an 11year-old girl.

Po­lice said an Uzbek sus­pect who was de­nied a res­i­dency per­mit last year con­fessed.

ON Oct 10, 2015, 103 peo­ple were killed in twin sui­cide bomb­ings tar­get­ing a pro-Kur­dish rally in Ankara, the bloodiest at­tack in Turkey’s his­tory. Author­i­ties blamed IS.

In the most re­cent atroc­ity, an Uzbek gun­man went on the ram­page in­side the Reina night­club on Jan­uary 1, 2017, killing 39 peo­ple cel­e­brat­ing New Year, mainly Arab tourists.

The blood­shed was claimed by IS, the first clear claim it has made for an at­tack in Turkey. AFP

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