Incident Summary:

7/4/1984: Kenneth Shields, Thomas Spinks, and Michael Donald Bray bombed the National Abortion Federation offices in Washington, D.C., United States. There were no casualties, but the building sustained $40,000 in damages.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

District of Columbia


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Abortion Related
Name of Entity National Abortion Federation
Specific Description National Abortion Federation Washington D.C. offices
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 $40,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Propane 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 This incident took place at 11:50 PM. Three days later, the same perpetrators bombed an abortion clinic in Annapolis, Maryland using the same type of explosive device (198407070020). Four months later, the ACLU offices, which were housed in a building on the same street, were bombed by the same perpetrators (198411030010). Kenneth Shields, Thomas Spinks, and Michael Donald Bray claimed to be part of the Army of God.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Army of God No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 3
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
"Police Try to Trace Device Used in Annapolis Bombing," Washington Post, July 9, 1984.
Laura Castaneda, "Bomb Rocks Annapolis Clinic; Planned Parenthood Denounces Attack," Washington Post, July 8, 1984.
"Chronological History of Arsons and Bombings Against Abortion Providers," National Abortion Federation.