November 2 2013
photo by Reuters/Lucy Nicholson
Shootings at airports are nothing new. In fact, they have regularly occurred worldwide in recent years. The motives have included terrorism, crime, and mental illness.
- In December 1985 members of Abu Nidal's terrorist organization carried out simultaneous attacks at the Rome and Vienna airports killing a total of 18 people, and wounding 138.
- In September 2001, a shootout at Amsterdam's Schipol Airport, reportedly related to drug smugglers, left three wounded.
- In March 2011, a lone terrorist opened fire on American servicemen at Frankfurt's Airport, killing two.
- In June 2012, three police officers were shot and killed at Mexico City's Airport. The shootout was related to drug smuggling.
- In March 2013, a robbery at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Nigeria turned into a shootout between police and suspects, with conflicting reports of casualties.
- In May 2013, a mentally disturbed individual fired shots in Houston's airport, then killed himself.