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Air India Flight 182 Bombing

On June 23, 1985, a bomb exploded in a cargo hold of Air India Flight 182, which was flying over the Atlantic Ocean near Ireland at the time. A handful of the 329 passengers survived the explosion—only to drown in the ocean. Members of the Babbar Khalsa Society, a Sikh extremist group, are implicated in this attack.

Sikhs are a religious minority who have lived in northern India since the 1500s. The vast majority of Sikhs live in the Indian state of Punjab, but significant Sikh populations are established in Canada, the United States, and Great Britain. In the mid-1970s, a radical Sikh movement emerged advocating the establishment of an independent Sikh nation. In 1984, the Indian government launched a military attack on the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the Sikhs' holiest shrine, which was then occupied by militant Sikhs. The attack was ...

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