Incident Summary:

9/6/1989: Perpetrators claiming to be members of the Army of God set fire to the front door of the building housing the Allegheny Reproductive Health Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. There were no casualties, but the building sustained $10,000 in damages.

GTD ID:
198909060007

When:
1989-09-06

Country:
United States

Region:
North America

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Pennsylvania

City:
Pittsburgh

Location Details:
Fire set outside of front door

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Abortion Related
Name of Entity
Specific Description Allegheny Reproductive Health 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 $10,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
Flammable liquid, probably gasoline, ignited on fire
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 attack took place at 4:30 AM. An unidentified woman called to television stations after the incident claiming that the Army of God perpetrated the attack. The abortion clinic had previously been the target of many protests.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Army of God 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
Sources
"Clinic's New Home Burns," Associated Press, September 7, 1989."
"Sheila Mullan, "'Army of God' Says It Set Abortion Clinic Fires," United Press International, September 6, 1989."
"Fire Caused $3,000 to $5,000 damage: Abortion Clinic Fire," Orlando Sentinel, September 7, 1989."