Sydney Hilton Hotel bombing

Sydney Hilton Hotel bombing
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The scene shortly after the bombing
Location33°52′19″S 151°12′26″E / 33°52′19″S 151°12′26″E / -33.87194; 151.20722
Hilton Hotel, Sydney, Australia
Date13 February 1978
Attack type
Deaths2 garbage collectors, 1 policeman
Non-fatal injuries
Side view of the Sydney Hilton Hotel

The Sydney Hilton Hotel bombing occurred on 13 February 1978, when a bomb exploded outside the Hilton Hotel in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. At the time the hotel was the site of the first Commonwealth Heads of Government Regional Meeting (CHOGRM), a regional offshoot of the biennial meetings of the heads of government from across the Commonwealth of Nations.


The bomb was planted in a rubbish bin and exploded when the bin was emptied into a garbage truck outside the hotel at 12:40 a.m. It killed two garbage collectors, Alec Carter and William Favell. A police officer guarding the entrance to the hotel lounge, Paul Birmistriw, died later. It also injured eleven others. Twelve foreign leaders were staying in the hotel at the time, but none were injured. Australian prime minister Malcolm Fraser immediately called out the Australian Army for the remainder of the CHOGRM meeting.[1]

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