Incident Summary:

5/11/1971: In a series of two incidents that might have been part of a multiple attack, suspected members of the Chicano Liberation Front firebombed the Bank of America Woodland Hills branch in Los Angeles, California, United States. The bomb smashed through a window but did not cause any damage to the interior of the building.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Los Angeles

Location Details:
San Fernando Valley

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Bank of America
Specific Description Bank of America, Woodland Hills branch in Los Angeles California
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 Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
Gallon jug containing flammable liquid smashed against the building
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information This was part of a multiple attack with 197105110004. Hours before the incident, the Glendale Savings and Loan in Los Angeles was bombed (197105110002). The Chicano Liberation Front claimed credit for the incident in a tape recording sent to the Los Angeles Free Press. The CLF stated that they were "fed up with our people being treated like dogs." However, authorities could not confirm if the CLF actually committed the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Chicano Liberation Front Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Other)
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
"Probe Delays Mars Launch," Washington Post, May 12, 1971.
"Three Banks Bombed," Eugene Register-Guard, May 11, 1971.
Paul Houston and Franz Rodriguez, "Chicano Militants Reportedly Claim 28 Bombings in L.A.," Los Angeles Times, August 14, 1971.