International Hotel Bombings
Despite the clear need for heightened security measures in western hotels located in terrorism-prone regions following the tragic events on 9/11, terrorists were able to succeed in bombing numerous western-branded hotels across the world, including:
September 11, 2001
The destruction of the WTC towers by Al Qaeda destroyed the New York Marriott World Trade Center Hotel and damaged the 504-room Marriott Financial Center located there. Some senior executives of the Marriott Hotel chain, who maintained offices in the towers, were killed.
March 27, 2002
A suicide bomber blew himself up in the dining hall of the Park Hotel in Netanya, Israel, during the Passover dinner. Twenty-nine people died and sixty-four were injured.
June 14, 2002
The Marriott Hotel in Karachi, Pakistan, was a target of a suicide car bomb that exploded near the U.S. Consulate in the same area. As many as 11 people were reported dead and at least 50 injured.
August 5, 2003
The Marriott Hotel in Jakarta was the target of an attack in which 14 people were killed and 150 injured. The Jemaah Islamiah militant group was blamed for the attack—the same group behind the 2002 Bali car bombings.
October 7, 2004
Thirty-one people were killed and 159 injured when a truck drove into the lobby of the Hilton Hotel in Taba, Egypt, and exploded.
October 28, 2004
The Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, was attacked when a bomb exploded inside the hotel. Fifteen people were injured, including an American diplomat.
November 9, 2005
A series of coordinated bomb attacks against three hotels in Amman, Jordan, killed sixty people and wounded 115 others. The attacks occurred at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, the Radisson SAS Hotel, and the Days Inn. All three hotels are frequented by foreign diplomats.
January 26, 2007
An alleged suicide bomber and a private security guard, who stopped the bomber for questioning, were killed when the terrorist bomber blew himself up in the parking lot of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan.
September 20, 2008
A third attack on the Islamabad Marriott Hotel occurred, in which more than 60 people were reported to have been killed and 266 injured when a truck bomber carrying approximately one ton of explosives detonated his vehicle on the hotel grounds.
November 26-29, 2008
A raid by members of Lashkar-e-Taiba on the Oberi Trident Hotel and Taj Mahal Palace and Tower in Mumbai, India, killed 164 people and injured another 308.
July 17, 2009
The Marriot Hotel in Jakarta was again attacked by a suicide bomber, killing nine and injuring over 50. The adjacent Ritz-Carlton hotel was also targeted in the attack.
June 28, 2011
Multiple gunmen with the Taliban attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, and three suicide bombers blew themselves up, killing twelve people.
The prior attacks on western hotels in terror-prone regions put western businesses on notice and should have been enough reason for western-branded hotels to stringently increase security. Terrorism reinforces the need for hotels to take every security measure possible to prevent tragic events from occurring again.
Based on claims of negligent security and premises liability, in 2013 we were able to reach a confidential six-figure settlement with a western-branded hotel on behalf of victims injured in international hotel bombings.