1980 Paris synagogue bombing

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The 1980 Paris synagogue bombing was a terrorist attack on the synagogue of Union Libérale Israélite de France, located on rue Copernic, Paris, on October 3, 1980, the eve of Simchat Torah. About 10 kilograms (22 lb) of explosives hidden in the saddlebags of a motorcycle parked outside the synagogue detonated, killing four people and injuring dozens. [1][2]

The bombing was the first of a string of attacks against Jews in Europe. On August 29, 1981, a synagogue in Vienna, Austria, was attacked by Palestinian gunmen, who killed two people and wounded 30 in the 1981 Vienna synagogue attack. On October 20, 1981, also the eve of Simchat Torah, three people were killed and 94 injured in a truck bomb attack outside a synagogue in the diamond-trading centre of Antwerp, Belgium in the 1981 Antwerp bombing.[3][4]


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  1. "Canadian held in Paris synagogue bombing". The Toronto Star. November 14, 2008. 
  2. "File on 1980 Paris bombing revealed". The Globe and Mail. November 20, 2008. 
  3. "Jewish Targets: Recent Attacks". The New York Times. 1986-09-07. 
  4. Lewis, Paul (1981-10-21). "2 Killed By Bomb at Antwerp Synagogue". The New York Times.