Incident Summary:

12/21/1982: A bomb was placed under a diplomat's car on Sixty-sixth Street and 2nd Avenue in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York, United States. The pipe bomb was recovered and removed by police before it detonated. There was no property damage, nor injuries. An anonymous caller phone the New York Post, claiming to be from the group United Jewish Underground, and claimed responsibility for placing the bomb under what was believed to be a Soviet diplomat's car, which was parked a block and a half from the Soviet mission to the UN. The caller told the Post to free Soviet dissident Anatoly Scharansky, who had been jailed.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

New York City

Location Details:
Manhattan; under car on Sixty-sixth Street & 2nd Avenue, Upper East Side

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity Soviet Mission to UN
Specific Description car, with diplomatic license plates, believed to have belonged to Soviet diplomat
Nationality of Target Soviet Union
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives 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 The United Jewish Underground is a splinter group of the Jewish Defense League.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
United Jewish Underground Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
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
"Pipe Bomb Found Inside Car Near Soviet Mission," The Associated Press, December 21, 1982.
"FBI Analysis of Terrorist Incidents in the United States: 1982," Terrorist Research and Analytical Center, Terrorism Section, Criminal Investigative Division, FBI, DOJ, 1982.