Incident Summary:

06/17/1984: Two firebombs made of gasoline and propane set fire to a Hare Krishna temple in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. No casualties resulted from the explosion, but the blast broke seven windows and caused minor fire damage. The bombs exploded just minutes before temple residents were about to gather for a service. Jamaat-al-Fuqra is believed to be responsible for the incident.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Hare Krishna
Specific Description Hare Krishna temple in Philadelphia
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
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
the bombs were comprised of six-volt batteries connected to propane tanks for ignition and gasoline in jars as an accelerant; additionally, one of the devices also contained phosphorus, which can be easily ignited, and one of the devices also had a clock timer connected to the propane tank
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 blasts occurred at 4:02am and 4:07am, which were only a few minutes before temple residents gathered for service, which was set to begin at 4:15am.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jamaat-al-Fuqra 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
"Two Bombs Explode at Krishna Temple," The Associated Press, June 17, 1984.
Douglas J. Hagmann and CP Investigative Reporter, "Exposing Terrorists in America: Interim Investigative Report-Jamaat ul-Fuqra: Terrorists in Our Midst?," Northeast Intelligence Network, February 12, 2006.
"Al-Fuqra: Holy Warriors of Terrorism," Anti-Defamation League, 1993.