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Some of the major attacks on U.S. targets

Compiled from Times wires

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published September 12, 2001

Oct. 12, 2000: Terrorist bombing kills 17 U.S. sailors on the USS Cole as it refueled in Yemen's port of Aden. The United States calls Saudi exile Osama bin Laden prime suspect.

Aug. 7, 1998: Car bombs explode outside U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, within minutes of each other, killing 224 people and wounding thousands. Bin Laden is blamed.

June 25, 1996: Truck bomb explodes outside the Khobar Towers in Dharan, Saudi Arabia, killing 19 American servicemen and wounding hundreds. Members of Saudi militant group, Hezbollah, indicted.

Nov. 13, 1995: Car bomb detonates at a U.S. military headquarters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, killing five American service personnel.

April 19, 1995: Bomb rips through the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 and wounding more than 500. Former U.S. soldier Timothy McVeigh is convicted in the attack; he was executed this year.

Feb. 26, 1993: A bomb explodes in a parking garage below the World Trade Center in New York, killing six people and wounding more than 1,000. Six Islamic militants were convicted in the bombing and sentenced to life in prison.

Dec. 21, 1988: Pan Am Boeing 747 explodes over Lockerbie, Scotland, on a flight from London to New York, killing 270 people, including 11 residents of the town. A Libyan intelligence agent was convicted by Scottish judges in February; his co-defendant was acquitted.

Sept. 5, 1986: Hijackers seize Pan Am jumbo jet carrying 358 people at Karachi airport. Twenty people killed when security forces storm the plane.

April 1986: Berlin nightclub frequented by U.S. troops is bombed, killing three, including two American soldiers. President Reagan orders air strikes against Libya that kill Moammar Gadhafi's daughter.

Oct. 8, 1985: Crippled American Jew Leon Klinghoffer is killed by Palestinian militants who had seized the Italian cruise liner Achille Lauro.

June 14, 1985: Shiite Muslim gunmen seize a TWA Boeing 727, forcing it to Beirut, Lebanon. They demand the release of 700 Arabs held by Israel. A U.S. Navy diver is killed and 39 Americans are held until they are released on July 1 that year after Syrian mediation.

Sept. 20, 1984: Car bomb at U.S. Embassy annex in east Beirut kills 16, including 2 Americans, and injures the ambassador.

Dec. 12, 1983: Shiite extremists set off car bombs in front of the U.S. and French embassies in Kuwait City, killing five people and wounding 86.

Oct. 23, 1983: Shiite suicide bombers blow up the French military headquarters and a U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, killing 241 Marines and 58 French paratroopers.

April 18, 1983: Suicide car-bomber blows up U.S. Embassy in Beirut, killing 63, including 17 Americans.

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