Incident Summary:

6/6/1982: Donald Benny Anderson and Mathew Moore, who claimed to be part of the Army of God, detonated two pipe bombs at the Arlington-Fairfax Medical Center in Falls Church, Virginia, United States. There were no casualties but the abortion clinic sustained $18,000 in damages. Four unexploded pipe bombs were also discovered at the facility.

GTD ID:
198206060005

When:
1982-06-06

Country:
United States

Region:
North America

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Virginia

City:
Falls Church

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Abortion Related
Name of Entity
Specific Description Arlington-Fairfax Medical Center
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 $18,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Pipe Bomb
Weapon Details
Six pipe bombs; two exploded
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information One woman was thrown from the building as a result of the blast but was uninjured. Donald Benny Anderson and Mathew Moore pled guilty to three other incidents, as well, and were given thirty year prison terms (198205290002, 198205290003, and 198208130005).
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Army of God 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
Sources
"Elsa L. Walsh, "Kidnap Case May Be Linked To Bombing of Fairfax Clinic," Washington Post, August 23, 1982."
"Texas Man Indicted in Clinic Bombing," The Free Lance-Star, August 2, 1983."
"Bill Curry, "Against Abortion: Clinic Fires a Holy War, Bomber Says," Los Angeles Times, January 11, 1985."