Incident Summary:

4/13/1970: In a series of related attacks, unknown perpetrators bombed Linwood Methodist Church in Kansas City, Missouri, United States. There were no casualties but the building sustained minor damage.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Kansas City

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Linwood Methodist Church
Specific Description Linwood Methodist Church, Kansas City
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information Part of a multiple attack with 197004130002 and 197004130004. All three incidents occurred simultaneously around midnight. This attack occurred two days before other bombings in Kansas City 197004160001, 197004160002, 197004160003. The Kansas City Police department were unsure of the motive behind the attacks believing that the perpetrators could be left-wing radicals, right-wing radicals, or mad men.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Committee on Government Operations United States Senate, "Riots, Civil, and Criminal Disorders," U.S. Government Printing Office, August 6, 1970.
"Teamster Walkouts Close More Plants," Washington Post, April 17, 1970.