According to news reports in 2001
, Bojinka was the code-name
of a plot
by Islamist terrorist
s to blow up a number of US
s fllying out of Asia
. The plot is said to have been organized beginning in 1993
by Ramzi Yousef
, an important al-Qaeda operative
. It was foiled by Philippine
security, although while testing his explosive
s Yousef is said to have set off two explosions in Philippine movie theatre
s and one aboard a flying plane (kill
ing one person but not destroying the plane).
The name bojinka is said to be Serbo-Croat for "explosion", although I haven't been able to confirm this using on-line dictionaries.