Incident Summary:

3/19/1971: Suspected members of the Armed Revolutionary Independence Movement (MIRA) set off three incendiaries at the B. Altman Department Store in Manhattan, New York, United States. There were no casualties and the store sustained $50 in damages.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

New York City

Location Details:

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Department Store
Specific Description B. Altman Department Store
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 $50.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
There were three incendiary devices that were cigarette packs containing chemicals, batteries, and watch wires.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information Eduardo Cruz and Wilfredo were suspected members of MIRA.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Armed Revolutionary Independence Movement (MIRA) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
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
Juan M. Vasquez "Bomb Goes Off in Alman's Here; Suspects Tied to 100 Other Plots," New York Times, March 20, 1971.
William Sater, "Puerto Rican Terrorists: A Possible Threat to U.S. Energy Installations?," RAND, October 1981.
Christopher Hewitt, "Political Violence and Terrorism in Modern America: A Chronology," Praeger Security International, 2005.