TGV train and Marseille station bombings

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TGV train and Marseille station bombings
Location Near Tain-l'Hermitage and in Marseille, France
Date 31 December 1983
7:43 pm & 7:58 pm
Attack type
Deaths 5
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrators Carlos the Jackal

On 31 December 1983, three bombs went off in France, two on a high speed TGV train and another at the Gare de Marseille-Saint-Charles. The bombs killed five people.

The TGV train was in service with passengers, bound for Paris. The explosions happened when the train was travelling somewhere south from Lyon. Two passengers were killed and about 30 were wounded by the blast.[1] The train suffered extensive damage with the number 3 passenger car being blown in half and pieces of the trains were found on rooftops of buildings hundreds of meters away. It was estimated that the bomb contained 16kg of explosives.[2] About 15 minutes later a bomb planted in the luggage room of Marseille's terminus train station detonated. Three people died in the train and two at the station.[3]

Carlos the Jackal was convicted with this terrorist attack as well as the Paris car bomb and Capitole train bomb in December 2011.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Repères méditerranéens - Attentat à la gare Saint Charles à Marseille -". Repères méditerranéens. Retrieved 2018-07-14.
  2. ^ "Procès Carlos à Paris: examen de l'attentat du TGV Marseille-Paris". RFI (in French). 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2018-07-14.
  3. ^ "Three bombs exploded minutes apart in a high-speed passenger..."
  4. ^ "France convicts Carlos the Jackal". 15 December 2011 – via

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