On This Day…

West Berlin Disco Bombing

April 5, 1986

Three people are killed and 229 are injured when a West Berlin Disco is bombed. It was a popular venue for U.S. soldiers and two of the dead and 79 of the injured were American servicemen. U.S. intelligence blamed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and responded by bombing Tripoli and Benghazi, Libya killing at least 30 soldiers and 15 civilians. Eleven days after the bombing the U.S. would retaliate by bombing Libya attempting to assassinate Gaddafi, killing his infant daughter. In 2001, a German woman was convicted of placing the bomb. She was aided by her Palestinian husband, another Palestinian, and a Libyan who worked at the German embassy.