Terrorist (Attack) Dream Meaning and Interpretations


Terrorist Dream Symbol – Dreaming about terrorists represents the fear that there is something untraceable and unstoppable that is working against you to undermine all of your hopes and dreams. This terrorist could be a friend or coworker and often the terrorist is not aware of what he is doing to throw you under the bus. Take a few minutes to try to explain to the terrorist what you feel about his actions.

In these situations putting the label of terrorists onto someone in your dream is simply a way for your mind to sort out the way it feels about the situation. Do not overreact and, above all, try to see things from the other person’s point of view.

Alternatively, seeing a terrorist attack in your dream may indicate that there is an intrusion of your personal space or a major clash of opinions in your waking life. Perhaps you need to free yourself from a particular situation that is draining the life from you.

To dream about a previous terrorist attack like the attack on the world trade center, the Paris attacks, or the Benghazi attacks, it may be symbolic of tragedy, a reflection of a bad situation in your life or a relationship that you once had that is no more.

If you have been watching a lot of news lately, dreaming about a terrorist attack may also be a reflection of an underlying fear about a real terrorist attack occurring. If this is the case it is important to realize that the chances of you being attacked by terrorists are less than crashing in an airplane, so you should not panic.

Note: If you have had a dream related to this dream symbol or would like to add something that is related to this topic please leave a comment below. Comments are a great way to interact with others who are dreaming about similar topics.


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Stephen is a self confessed dream junkie that loves all things dream related. He is a writer for Dream Stop and has been working in the field of dreams for the past decade. He believes that the YOU are the only person who can truly understand the meaning of your dreams. You have to look inside your inner thoughts to find the hidden truths in your dream. These interpretations are for entertainment purposes only. Stephen's interpretations should be considered an opinion, not professional advice.


  1. I had a dream where I was kinda forced to be in a secret group. I say kinda because I didn’t mind but I didn’t ask to be in it. The last terrorist attack was in a library. I was helping a few friends look something up for a project if I remember correctly we were looking for flowers. Oddly I remember we were looking for flowers in Belgium. Anyways in my ear mic I was told there were three terrorist. I was able to kill one with my gun. The next I killed with a knife and had a knife fight. I was able to use brute force when slamming the knife in her head. The last one up and ran off. I never had a dream of killing. At least if I did it wasn’t so graphic. Like when I killed her with my knife all I could think of was to get the knife in her head. Kinda nerved me.

  2. This is really disturbing for me, that’s why I’m researching about it and leaving the story as a comment here…

    I just had a dream, where there were terrorist at the mall, my mom and sister are with me and we were sitting by the railing. Terrorists came then people started to get hysterical, some are running, some started to jump off the railing, some are killing ’emselves. I remember saying, “Don’t jump, be calm” to my mom and sister because people started to jump near them. I grabbed my mom but failed to grab my sister. We started running, we came across my aunt and cousin. Then I realize that my sister wasn’t with us. I wanted to go back for her but we got to a part of the mall that is terrorist free. I saw a door, we got in, and it was all peace and silence. We continued walking trying to hide or get out of the place. Until we found my sister and her friend there. Then we walk again. My mom, aunt and cousin, vanished from the dream. I was left with my sister and her friend. They were so adventurous that we found the people behind the terrorists. It was actually some kind of the government? Police? That had rooms there. We almost got caught but I found boxes that we can hid from. Until her friend was claustrophobic and went out, they saw her and we ran. Until we found a park with long pathway. There are smokes in the pathway and me & my sister hid on the smoke as we terrorists on the other side of the pathway. Her friend was caught and it all got blurry. I found myself in another dream after that.

  3. Anindita Mallik on

    Sir from few days I m continuously facing bad dreams ….Even when I snap in day…..These dreams are something like terrorists attacking my home…..Or bomb blast in my area…..These dreams are in such way that they may even come true….I also dream about murder of someone close …..And accidental death too…That may happen in real life… But yes everytime I m present on that situation

  4. Anindita Mallik on

    Sir from few days I m continuously facing bad dreams ….Even when I snap in day…..These dreams are something like terrorists attacking my home…..Or bomb blast in my area…..These dreams are in such way that they may even come true….I also dream about murder of someone close …..And accidental death too…That may happen in real life… But yes everytime I m present on that situation

  5. The other night I had a dream that my 5 year old son was killed by a terrorist. He was in a carseat and i was facing him. The terrorist made eye contact with both him and I. She then cocked her gun and shot at us. I tried to cover my son. And I thought I had. Until the news randomly comes on and says “one killed after terrorist attack. (Sons name).” My mom said “yup,my only grandson..dead” my arms were still crossed in the position like I was still hovering over my kid trying to protect him from the gunshot. I looked down and it was nothing but shoelaces. And I woke up hysterical. I couldn’t stop crying. It was incredibly disturbing. I cant shake this dream. I want to know why. Why on earth would something like this come into my dreams

  6. I just had a dream that radical Islamic terrorists were invading my home that I actually just moved from. I remember at one point they were set up in my backyard and were shooting inside my windows, and me and someone else were trying to shoot back with the guns we had. I just remember being so scared that I was praying and pleading for God to not let me die. After I prayed, a grenade was launched inside, and I ran down the hall as fast as I could. I barely avoided it. Then all of a sudden I appeared in my room upstairs next to the back door (the room over the garage) and my little 7 y/o sister was with me. Then I heard these voices (which I later figured out was the tv being left on overnight) and it was a voice that sounded like a young woman and her dad. The dad was basically saying if that’s the dress you want just get it. So I was kind of confused but I had bigger things to worry about. It was like we were just waiting and hoping they left even though we knew that wasn’t likely. We had all the doors locked, but they broke in the back door easily and there were 3 of them with machine guns and scarves around their heads. For some reason my little sister was sitting on the stairs and I just remember absolutely freaking out about them seeing her then I woke up sweating and heart pounding, and say yes to the dress was on LOL

  7. I had a very long dream last night about a terrorist attack in my town, i was smack bang upclose to the attacker and was pointing a gun to everyone, we had 10 secs to run and hide or else he’d kill everyone, I legit ran for so long until he was out of site, i can just remember the fear for survival, after a while i hid in some old junkyard until the attack was over, then i left town which brought me into a whole other dream..it was an odd night

  8. I had a dream dat recently terrorist has attacked us and we all people are hiding from them and my dad is standing like brave man I told him to sit bt he is lyk no so can u plz tell me wt does my dream mean

  9. I had just woke up from my dream/nightmare. In the dream I was at a restaurant and standing outside. Weird thing is, the restaurant was in my garage. I was just staring at the sky for a second before a big, black, fighter jet came over our heads and had 2 huge nukes under it. I was with someone I didn’t really know but I didnt see her face at all. I just knew she was someone I didn’t know much. Anyways, we were looking at the black jet/plane and suddenly they dropped the nukes one by one. I watched them fall and they crashed and made a huge explosion tho I couldn’t hear anything but just looking at it. I watched the second one explode and everyone was just staring in shock. Then suddenly these 2 black trucks drove down my driveway. I ran down the stairs and saw my mom. The trucks were shooting small needles and one hit my mom. She fell and looked dead. I wasn’t sure what to do. I thought she was faking it for some reason and I ran inside my house to prevent myself from being hit and brought my dog in. The lights in my house were flashing like a fire alarm would too. When the shooting of the small needles stopped I saw my dad run down my house stairs and went to my mom and picked her up and knew she was dying and I was shocked because I thought she was faking it and I started sobbing and screaming at the truck drivers and suddenly my mom was in my arms like I was carrying her and I ran up my driveway still sobbing and waited for the ambulance to arrive. By this part my dream was fading but my mom was inside the ambulance and I was with her along with many other people. Once the dream ended I am now terrified of hearing fighter jets and planes.

  10. Amy Landsburgh on

    I had a dream last night that Muslim Terrorists (not to be racists, but that’s what was in my dream) were attacking the small town I come from.

    It started with me driving behind a lady who was wearing a headscarf who couldn’t control her car for texting on her phone. I beeped my horn at her a few times but she kept driving. I then seen another woman standing on the pavement with a camera on a tri-pod like she was filming. I phoned the police and explained what happened to ask if they thought it was suspicious or not – they asked for my address, which I gave them, and said they would come to my house for someone to speak to me.

    The next thing our house was bombarded with specifically muslim men who were shooting and stabbing my family and friends. They then went from door to door, doing this to everyone in my town.

    Does this have a meaning?

    I am not a racist person, I don’t have fears of terrorist attacks. I have been in one scary situation in Munich when we thought a terrorist was nearby as there had been shootings but that was over six months ago and nothing happened to us.

  11. Vera Fischbach on

    I just woke up from a dream, and the very scary thing was that it was 1st person POV. I was walking on the streets of New York City. It was a nice and clear day. Then BANG! A plane hit one of the twin towers. BANG! The same thing happened with the other. I was walking into the city, so I tried to run away from the city as far as I could. I know this actually didn’t happen in 9/11, but the terrorists dropped a nuke and I watched myself die. At the end it was one of those commercials for life alert or something? I’m not sure what it meant exactly. Then the same dream happened right after, but instead it was the recent Paris attack. I’m still not really sure what these dreams mean because I looked back on everything and I can’t remember someone trying to take control of me, like when you said the person in the plane might be controlling you. No one was in the plane that i knew. I couldn’t even see the people in there.
    If someone has had a dream similar to that and know what it means please let me know

  12. In my dream, it was dark and we were in the bleachers in a large building, I was surrounded by my friends, my family, and my peers, all of a sudden men covered in black came in and started shooting at us, they shot all of the people except me and a couple of other people, i saw that they each had a bullet left, and there was 3 men. They all shot the people left except me. Somehow i befriended them and I joined them…..can anyone explain what this dream means?

  13. I just woke up after having a dream. I was at this little cafe with my mum in my home town, it was strange because my tattoo artist was my waiter. So we heard a lot of screaming coming from outside and instantly I knew there was trouble. I went to the door and from down the street all I could hear were gun shots. I grabbed my mum and ran down the street but by this point they had already circled the area and were in front of us, they hadn’t spotted us yet so I dragged my mum into an old tinkers shop that I used to go visit as a child. The next thing I know I’m staring through the blinds out the window and there are three men running around shooting up towards the other end of the street and up to the sky. What was weird was I know where the area was in my home town but it was completely different looking in the dream. It wasn’t until I (was like a scene from a movie) I saw one of the gunmen look at me that got a fright, heard foot steps running towards me that I got a fright and woke up! Felt like thee worst thing on the planet! Wish I don’t get that again!!

  14. I just woke up from a nightmare this morning about terrorists in my home city. I was standing outside of a restaurant I was working at and a pick up truck of men were sitting there in front of me, waiting for someone. Then out of nowhere a man with a machine gun came walking around the truck, but we were invisible to him. I crept around the truck as he was going by so he wouldn’t see me until I was standing at the driver side door. I pleaded for them to let me in and they did. Next two passengers in the truck got out and went inside the restaurant where the terrorist went, and all I heard were rapid gunshots. The two men ran out and jumped into the truck and the terrorist came out and started shooting at us as we were backing up. He missed us all. As we were heading to the road I could see the city’s electricity going out all over. I looked to my left and saw a green 70’s style sedan driving all over the road with no lights on (it was at night this was happening). We drove off and I woke up with my heart pounding out of my chest.

  15. I keep dreaming of terrorists attack in my home town , despite all the attacks i have not been shoot in the dream , what does it means , i have had this dream its almost the 6 time


  16. Last night I had a dream where I was at a water park in Melbourne Australia. Where, there is no waterpark but that’s for another answer. I was at the water park then I looked at the Melbourne skyline and saw a building smoking like something large had crashed into it. Then moments later I saw Anakins ship from Star Wars: The Clone Wars crashing into one of the skyscrapers in the Melbourne CBD. I have no idea why it was Anakins ship but I had watched the first two seasons on Netflix in the last two weeks. After the attacks there was a large mirage of dust and smoke coming towards the waterpark but before the dust arrived a tsunami came towards the waterpark but I climbed up a palm tree because it was a lucid dream I believe. I avoided multiple waves of the tsunami but then my dream ended. Also, my mate who had booked Star Wars: The Force Awakens earlier that night was throughout the dream with me.

  17. I had a dream just then it was so crazy , I was with my little brother who’s about 5 ️️an he was holding my hand ️️an I was very aware of everyone ️an I seen some gang of men walking past, some who i thought they was very curious like I felt like something was going to happen… Suddenly they took a gun out and tried shooting everyone so my instinct straight away was to run so I did ️an I hide with my little brother but I felt like I was actually there it was so realistic, I was worried if they caught us , they was everywere terrorists do I just went to some ally way ️️an tried to take cover it was so weird… Does anyone know what this could mean?

  18. I’m my dream I was with my boyfriends grandfather and there were a lot of people I’m the car. The grandfather was trying to be funny and dropped one of the people in the car off on the side if the road. There was a jeep far behind us and the grandfather backed up and got who was on the side of the road but the jeep caught up and shot who was on the side of the road, came to the car and pulled out someone sitting next to me, I jumped out and laid on the ground and pretended to be dead and they shot everyone else but maybe one or two people in the car. They threw a thing that looked like a grenade next to me and I waiting until they left before I moved. By the time I was moving the police were there and arrested one of the shooters. When I moved the thing that was sitting next to me went off and something pierced me in my side. They took me to the hospital, and when I was released me and some girls walked out of the hospital. One of the girls had a gun, we were walking outside to go to my car and we were shot at by one person and the girl shot and killed him. We ran back into the hospital, then it shifted to me being at a school performance and I had to sit in a crowd of people so I wasn’t seen and I had to change my appearance. My hair cut and color. I don’t remember anything after this point…. What does this dream mean?!

  19. i have just woken from a dream. it was multiple ones. one of them was how i went over to mexico for vacation and we accidentaly broke the law over there but we didnt mean to. he shot us all the way until we got into the airport and somehow when we walked through the airport, we were in america again. i was in philly at the airport i needed to be at. but the guy had followed us and he was ready to continue killing me in america where he had no control over anything anymore and he was no being a criminal. then i had another dream tht i had jsut gotten off an airplane and was going through security and the one guy started shooting everything. the people who worked ahead of us had force fields and were turning them on, before the one directly in front of me turned on i ran through it to make sure i had an easy way out. i took off and warned everyone i ran past, screaming tht someone was ready to kill them. i ran into my friend owen and told him too. he didnt believe me at first but we continued to take off full speed. i woke up after we got around a corner and we hid. all i know is tht we were both alive when i woke up… but most likely not for long

  20. I had a dream taking place at my school. Everybody heard a loud boom and all the teachers were screaming to get down. I looked out the window, thinking it was just thunder. I saw big clouds, but planes started to fly out of them. The planes were dropping bombs. Everyone thought one would hit the school, but none did. Everybody was trying to hide from the attackers. I ended up running out of the school and being chased. One of the men shot at me but I was able to jump really high and float for a second so he couldnt catch me. That’s all I can remember. I don’t really understand how your interpretation relates to my dream.

  21. I had a dream in which my husband was a terrorist. I can so relate to your above interpretation yet fear being wrong. I’m studying to become a minister this is my first year, yet I keep falling in to ungodly patterns, his main focus is against God’s will. ..I feel as though I keep being thrown under a bus.

    • kimyerimie on

      Last night I had a dream. My school was supposed to be a normal school day but it became a place where terrorist were planning to use. I remember clearly that the terrorist got the whole country under their control like they were being controlled and their eyes was in red. My school became a victim and I dont know the exact reason. Killing of people wasn’t their motive but instead, it’s to get my whole school to arrive at their destination for some ‘plans’. There were some killing along the way because the students was misbehaving. When all arrive at the place, the people got out of control and the building started to collapse and bomb was being exploded so we ran away but under the hands of the terrorist. Soon, we got saved by some saviours leaving the specific two terrorist alone. The dream ended quite well because the scene changed into a place where flowers was around but there were some dead bodies hanging around the roof area and Im not sure how or when. I remembered that I kissed a terrorist because we actually click and he told me that he was sorry for doing all these but the weirder thing here is that the terrorist is actually an Idol whom I adore. This is not a prank although it seems weird. I felt that it was so real to the point I can sense some things and even have some personal thoughts during the dream.

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