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Attacks on U.S. embassies, other sites over the years

By Ashley Fantz, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, was attacked Tuesday
  • Before that, the most recent attack was in Pakistan in April
  • In 1998, hundreds of people died in bombings in Kenya and Tanzania

(CNN) -- On Tuesday, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, was attacked. CNN.com is live blogging the quickly developing story.

This is a list of attacks, dating back to 1998, on U.S.-designated sites around the world, including embassies and consulates. Time magazine highlights some of the most devastating attacks over the years.

April 2010: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton writes that an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan, kills Pakistani security personnel.

September 17, 2008: Heavily armed fighters attack the U.S. Embassy in Yemen. A car bomb is detonated. At least 16 people die, including six attackers. No Americans are reportedly killed.

July 9, 2008: The U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, is attacked in what the American ambassador to the country calls "an obvious act of terrorism" aimed at the U.S.

January 12, 2007: An anti-tank missile tears through the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece, but there are no injuries.

September 12, 2006: Syrian authorities kill three attackers and apprehend a suspect outside the U.S. Embassy after a car explodes near the walls of the Damascus building.

March 2, 2006: A U.S. diplomat and his driver are among at least four people killed in an apparent suicide attack outside the U.S. Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan.

December 7, 2004: An attack on the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, kills nine people. A Saudi group linked to al Qaeda claims responsibility for the attack.

February 28, 2003: Gunmen open fire outside the U.S. Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan. Two police officers are killed and six others, including one civilian, are injured.

October 13, 2002: A series of bomb blasts on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali kills scores of people at nightclubs. At the time of those blasts, another attack occurs near a U.S. consulate. Authorities say they believe the attacks are coordinated.

June 13, 2002: A previously unknown militant group called Al-Qanoon claims responsibility for a bombing that kills 10 people at the U.S. Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan. The U.S. State Department says it suspects al Qaeda is responsible.

March 20, 2002: A car bomb explodes at a shopping center near the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru, killing nine people.

January 22 , 2002: Gunmen attack a U.S. government information center in Calcutta, India, near the U.S. Consulate.

August 7, 1998: Twelve Americans are among more than 200 people killed in nearly simultaneous bomb attacks on U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The attacks are later attributed to al Qaeda.

 
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