Incident Summary:

12/14/1970: Suspected members of the Armed Revolutionary Independence Movement (MIRA) firebombed the Headquarters of the Antipoverty Agency in Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States. There were no casualties but records involving the Spanish community and food intended for charity were destroyed.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Porch of building

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: NGO
Name of Entity Antipoverty Agency
Specific Description Antipoverty Agency Headquarters, Bridgeport Connecticut
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
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
Gasoline poured on porch set off by a firebomb
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Armed Revolutionary Independence Movement (MIRA) (suspected) 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
Lester A. Sobel, "Political Terrorism," Facts on File, Inc., 1975.
"Bridgeport Agency Bombed," New York Times, December 16, 1970.
Christopher Hewitt, "Political Violence and Terrorism in Modern America: A Chronology," Praeger Security International, 2005.