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The deadliest attacks in Europe in decades

November 14, 2015 12:50 IST
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The attacks that left at least 120 dead in Paris are the deadliest in Europe since the Madrid train bombings in March 2004.

>> Paris, January 7, 2015

A woman holds a card that reads "I am Charlie" to pay tribute to the victims of a shooting by gunmen at the offices of French weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

Eleven staffers were killed at the offices of Paris magazine Charlie Hebdo, which had published satirical illustrations of the prophet Mohammed. The two attackers yelled in Arabic, “Allah Akbar” (“God is great”) and later killed a policeman. They were killed two days later by police after a widespread manhunt.

>> Norway, July 22, 2011

Rescue officials tend to a wounded man after a powerful explosion rocked central Oslo. Photograph: Holm Morten/Scanpix/Reuters

Anti-Muslim extremist Anders Behring Breivik planted a bomb in Oslo then attacked a youth camp associated with the Norwegian Labour Party on Norway’s Utoya island, killing 77 people, many of them teenagers.

>> London, July 7, 2005

The remains of a bus are seen on Tavistock Square following a series of explosions which ripped through London's underground tube and bus network on July 7, 2005 in London. Photograph: Ker Robertson/Getty Images

52 London commuters were killed when four Al Qaeda-inspired suicide bombers blew themselves up on three subway trains and a bus. The well-coordinated series of attacks, the worst-ever terrorism incident staged on British soil, had the city on edge and sparked attempted copy cat bombings two weeks later. Those later attacks failed, and four men were convicted as the plotters.

>> Madrid, March 11, 2004

A Spanish policeman walks past a hole blasted through a train in an explosion at Madrid's Atocha train station after an explosion. Photograph: Andrea Comas MAL/JV/Reuters

Madrid suffered what Spain’s interior minister called the country’s “worst-ever terrorist attack,” when a series of bombs on commuter trains killed 191 people and injured more than 1,800. It was the worst terrorist attack in Europe since the Lockerbie bombing in 1988.

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