Incident Summary:

09/01/1982: A home-made lead pipe bomb exploded at an Islamic Cultural Center in Tempe, Arizona, across from the Arizona State University campus in the United States, causing minor damage to the front door of the center. A second bomb was found in the front yard of the building and was disarmed by police before it detonated. There were no casualties in this incident.



United States

North America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Islamic Cultural Center
Specific Description Islamic Cultural Center in Tempe, AZ
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 Pipe Bomb
Weapon Details
standard, home-made, lead pipe bomb
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information Incident occurred at 11:00pm; At about 11:20pm, phone calls were made to local newspapers by a member of a group calling itself the "Children of the Holocaust," claiming responsibility for the incident. Authorities had never heard of such a group operating in the area.
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
United Press International, September 2, 1982.
"Bomb Explosion Rips Islamic Center Near University," The Associated Press, September 2, 1982.