Fact File: Notable terrorist incidents in Thailand – 1970-2007

April 10, 2007 - Several phone booths damaged by a bomb near the Ratchayothin Major Cineplex

December 31, 2006
- Two waves of coordinated bombings around Bangkok killing 3 and injuring 20.

August 25, 2006 - Police foil an alleged car bomb plot against PM Thaksin near his residence.

2005-2006
- During the time of protests against the Thaksin government, various small-scale intimidation bombings were conducted around Bangkok including one near Privy Councilor Prem's residence that injured a foreigner.

April 3, 2005
- In an escalation of the violence in the South that started in January 2004, terrorists detonated bombs at Carrefour, Hat Yai airport, and GW Hotel in Songkhla town.

February 21, 2005
- Thailand's first car bomb exploded in the tourist town of Sungai Kolok near the Malaysian border, killing five people and injuring more than 40.


January 1, 2004 - The beginning of an intensified Muslim insurgency/rebellion in the three border provinces in the deep south. Characterized by motorcycle bombs and nearly daily random shootings.

June, 2003 - A member of the Jemaah Islamiyah group was arrested for allegedly planning terrorist attacks on five embassies.

April 9, 2002 - Rival opposition groups in Mae Sot throw grenades at each other.

2002- Several bombings in the south attributed to various groups.


December 5, 2001 - An antitank rocket struck a Bangkok building housing the office of El Al Israel Airlines. Police believed the long-range antitank weapon was fired from the back of a black pickup truck at the Manorom Building on Rama IV Road. It is believed the attacker may have been targeting a Tesco supermarket which had received threats.

June, 2001 - A US citizen Van Duc Vo is accused of trying to bomb the Vietnamese Embassy in Bangkok in 2001 using a cell phone to detonate the bomb. The bombs did not go off.

March 3, 2001 - A bomb--reportedly made of Semtex--exploded on a Thai Airways International jet minutes before new Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was to board. Officials have tried to attribute the explosion to a spontaneous explosion in the gas tank of the plane, but most observers believe this was an attempt to assassinate Thaksin or the numerous other officials that were to board with him.

2001- Several bombings in the south attributed to Bersatu and other groups.

January, 2000 - Perhaps emboldened by the peacefully seize of the Burmese Embassy in the previous October, 10 heavily armed Burmese storm Ratchaburi Hospital. They are later killed by Thai commandos.

October 1, 1999 - Five Burmese militants stormed the Burmese Embassy. The siege was later ended peacefully with charges that some foreigners in the embassy applying for visas ended up supporting the militants.

January, 1999 - A small bomb at Suthisarn Police Station, a minister's car attacked by motorcyclist wielding a pipe, constant bomb hoaxes--these were all typical dirty tricks that occur when government and opposition collide. Opposition NAP leader Chavalit Yongchaiyudh made the infamous comment in Naew Na newspaper during this time that if he "blows a whistle, our land will go up in flames.''

1997-1998 - Several bombings in the south attributed to PULO.

March 11, 1994 - In the most potentially disastrous incident in modern times, a powerful ammonium nitrate truck bomb was foiled before it could be detonated at the Israeli Embassy. The driver was involved in a minor traffic accident on the way to the embassy, got nervous and ran off.

1993-1994 - Several bombing in the south attributed to PULO.

October 18, 1992 - The Myanmar (Burmese) Embassy is bombed. An army corporal is arrested. It is suspected the act was carried out to destabilize Thailand's new civilian government.

November 9, 1990 - Two Burmese hijack a Thai Airways jet to India.

October 18, 1990 - A small bomb explodes at the Burmese Embassy.

July 25, 1990 - A small bomb explodes at the Burmese Embassy.

January 5, 1989 - Hezbollah allegedly carried out the assassination of a Saudi diplomat.

April 23, 1986 - PULO was suspected to be behind the throwing of a small bomb into the US consulate grounds in Songkhla.

April 8, 1986 - A bomb exploded at a hotel where US Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger was to speak.

February 15, 1983 - A bomb goes off at the Iraqi Airlines office.

March 19, 1982 - Communists insurgents blew up the Provincial Hall of Surat Thani province (the changwat administration building), killing 5.

December 2, 1982 - The Iraqi Consulate on Anuwang Road was destroyed by a bomb. Pol. Lt. Col. Surat Sumanas, the country's top bomb expert, was killed in the blast as he tried to disarm the bomb. He had earlier been denied funds to purchase modern bomb defusing equipment.

June 2, 1982 - A Sri Lankan man hijacked an Alitalia airliner with 261 people on board to Bangkok. The plane was later flown to Colombo where the hijacker was taken into custody.

March 30, 1981 - Five Muslims extremists from Indonesian hijacked a Garuda airlines flight to Bangkok. Indonesian commandos were flown to Don Muang Airport where they stormed the plane, killing all five hijackers.

November 30, 1979 - Four M-79 grenades were fired into US Embassy compound on Wireless Road by unknown attackers.

December 26, 1978 - Communist insurgents robbed a train in Surat Thani.

February 16, 1977 - Princess Vibhavadi was killed by communist insurgents who fired on her helicopter in Surat Thani.


(Photo: Unknown - possibly from The Nation or Matichon)

1976 - Several bomb and grenade attacks against students protesting the government and the US policies. One attack originated from the roof of Siam Center (above).

April 23, 1974 - The Pattani Liberation Front kidnaps two female missionaries.

June 17, 1973 - A group of communists insurgents hijack a bus to Don Muang demanding to be flown to Moscow. Authorities later storm the bus and arrest the hijackers.

December 28, 1972 - Arab terrorists storm the Israeli Embassy demanding the release of prisoners in Israel. Eventually the terrorists agree to end the siege and are flown to Cairo. The terrorists later admitted they picked the wrong day to storm the embassy as it distracted from the ceremonies confirming Prince Vajiralongkorn as Crown Prince.

August 31, 1972 - A Pol. Lt. was accused of planting a bomb aboard a Cathay Pacific Airlines jet that later exploded, killing 81 people on board including the Pol. Lt.'s girlfriend and daughter. The Pol. Lt. was later acquitted.

June 19, 1970 - Three US Embassy personnel killed by Communist insurgents in Chiang Mai.

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