New York City is, by
far, the most frequent site of terrorism in the United States, according to a new report from the University of
Maryland-based National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and
Responses to Terrorism (START). The
research is based on data from the Global Terrorism Database
(GTD), the world’s most comprehensive, unclassified collection of terror
Most of the Big Apple attacks have involved bombs and other explosives.
are by far the weapon of choice for terrorists in New York City,” says
Gary LaFree, who directs START and who orchestrated creation of the GTD.
“Of all terror attacks in New York City from 1970 to 2007, 70 percent
involved bombs or explosives.”
Free added, “Car bombs have played a small but deadly role in U.S.
terrorism.” Of the ten terrorist car bomb attacks in the U.S., six have
taken place in New York City. The most costly in the city involved the 1993 truck bomb attack on the World Trade Center, which killed six and
injured a thousand people.
Here are the top five U.S. cities for terrorist attacks. The study period was from 1970 to 2007.
Number of terrorist attacks: 54
Number of terrorist attacks: 59
Number of terrorist attacks: 66
Number of terrorist attacks: 70
Number of terrorist attacks: 284
Nearly three-fourths of these
attacks took place in the 1970s, followed by less frequent, but often
more deadly incidents including the 1993 and 9/11 World Trade Center
Businesses and government facilities are the most
frequent targets – not only in New York City, but throughout the United
“While al-Qaeda has launched the deadliest attacks on New
York City targets, almost 40 other identified groups engaged in
terrorism in this city from 1970 to 2007, representing a range of
different ideologies, backgrounds and goals, with changing actors over
time,” the report says.
Puerto Rican separatists, the Jewish
Defense League and an anti-Castro group were the most active in the
1970s, with their attacks tapering off through the 1980s.
report is available online: