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    Marathon is the latest athletic event to be attacked

    Eric Rudolph pleaded guilty to the 1996 pipe bombing at the Atlanta Olympic Games.
    Eric Rudolph pleaded guilty to the 1996 pipe bombing at the Atlanta Olympic Games.

    1972: Palestinian terrorists attack Israeli team at Munich Olympics

    The Palestinian group Black September targeted the Israeli Olympic team in retaliation for the Israeli government capturing and imprisoning more than 200 Palestinians.

    Two members of the Israeli team were immediately killed, and nine others were taken hostage as leverage for the release of the Palestinian prisoners.

    After a day of unsuccessful negotiations, the nine Israeli hostages were going to be flown to the Middle East to be held captive.


    At the airport, German snipers opened fire on the terrorists and a gun battle ensued. All nine hostages were killed.

    1996: Pipe bombing at Atlanta Olympic Games

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    A pipe bomb exploded during an evening concert at Centennial Olympic Park, which was the public gathering place for the Atlanta Games.

    The bomb exploded during a performance by the band Jack Mack and the Heart Attack.

    The explosion killed one person and injured more than 100 others.

    Eric Rudolph pleaded guilty to charges in the bombing in 2005.

    2002: Car bomb detonated in Madrid on Champions League semifinal day


    Hours before the Real Madrid and Barcelona soccer teams were to face off in the semifinal at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, the Basque separatist group ETA detonated a car bomb outside the stadium.

    More than a dozen people were injured, but there were no fatalities.

    2006: Iraqi athletes targeted

    Iraqi athletes were targeted three times over the course of three months in 2006.

    On May 17, 15 athletes and officials from the Iraqi taekwondo team were kidnapped as they headed to Jordan for training camp. None of the athletes were seen alive again.

    The remains of 13 of those missing were found a year later in the desert.


    On May 26, the coach of Iraq’s national tennis team and two of his players were shot and killed. Extremists allegedly shot them because they were wearing shorts.

    And on July 16, 50 gunmen attacked a sports conference in Baghdad. They kidnapped 30 athletes and officials, including the head of Iraq’s Olympic Committee, Ahmed al-Hadjiya.

    2009: Sri Lankan cricket team bus attacked

    Sri Lanka’s cricket team was attacked by masked gunmen as they traveled in a team bus outside a stadium in Lahore, Pakistan.

    At least six policemen escorting the team were killed, according to BBC reports at the time, and several team members were injured.

    It was the second time in recent years that such an attack was carried out on a cricket team. In 2002, a bomb was detonated outside the hotel where New Zealand’s cricket team was staying in Karachi, Pakistan. Fourteen people died in that attack, the BBC reported after the blast.