Incident Summary:

12/24/1984: Kenneth Shields, Thomas Spinks, and Michael Donald Bray placed a bomb in an office building in Suitland, Maryland, United States, that housed the Metropolitan Family Planning Center. There no were casualties but IRS offices and a hair salon housed in the building was damaged. The abortion clinic remained unscathed.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Bomb placed on first floor, abortion clinic was located on the fifth floor.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Abortion Related
Name of Entity
Specific Description Metropolitan Family Planning 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 Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Explosive device
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 bomb detonated at 4:26 AM.
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
Martin Weil and Lyle V. Harris, "Blast Damages SE Building Housing Abortion Clinic," Washington Post, January 1, 1985.
"Incidents at Abortion Facilities," Washington Post, January 2, 1985.
Christopher Hewitt, "Political Violence and Terrorism in Modern America: A Chronology," Praeger Security International, 2005.