1985 Narita International Airport bombing

1985 Narita International Airport Bombing

1985 Narita International Airport bombing

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At 07:13 on Sunday June 23, 1985 an explosion at Tokyo Narita International Airport killed two baggage handlers, and injured four. The bomb in that bag was intended for Air India Flight 301 with 177 passengers and crew on board, bound for Bangkok International Airport.


Fifty-five minutes later, at 8:13 Irish time, Air India Flight 182 exploded mid-air and plunged into the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of Ireland, killing 329 people. The incidents are believed to be related, and are connected to the Sikh separatist group operating in Canada known as the Babbar Khalsa. It is also believed that the Narita bomb detonated an hour ahead of schedule because the terrorists were unaware that while Canada uses daylight saving time, Japan does not.

The only man ever convicted of any involvement in the bombing was Inderjit Singh Reyat. He received a ten-year sentence of two counts of manslaughter and four explosives charges after being found gulity in a Vancouver court room in May 1991. In 2003, weeks before the start of the Air India Trial, Reyat cut a deal with prosecutors. In exchange for pleading gulity to manslaughter in the Flight 182 bombing, he was sentenced to five years in prison and was to testify against the two other men tried in Canada for these incidents, Ripudaman Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri. They were found not guilty by Justice Ian Josephson as prosecutors had not been able to meet the standard of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. As part of their...
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