terrorist attack

Definitions of terrorist attack
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n a surprise attack involving the deliberate use of violence against civilians in the hope of attaining political or religious aims

Examples:
September 11
the day in 2001 when Arab suicide bombers hijacked United States airliners and used them as bombs
Type of:
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act
the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
coup de main, surprise attack
an attack without warning

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