Incident Summary:

1/11/1991: Unknown perpetrators placed a homemade pipe bomb in the restroom of the Islamic Center of San Diego in California, United States. The device was discovered and subsequently removed before detonating. This incident occurred during the Gulf War.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


San Diego

Location Details:
Bomb in trash can under sink

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Mosque
Specific Description Islamic Center of San Diego
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Pipe Bomb
Weapon Details
Homemade 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 bomb was discovered at 5:00 PM after the Islamic Center of San Diego lost power. It was believed that there was a possibility that the device caused the loss of power. Mosque officials suspected that this incident might have been due to rising tensions against Arabs during the Gulf War. However, a report by the Anti-Defamation League states that this incident might have been linked to the Al-Fuqra organization.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown 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
Eddy McNeil, "Crude Bomb Found at Islamic Center," San Diego Union-Tribune, January 12, 1991.
Hilmer Anderson, "Bomb Found in Islamic Center," United Press International, January 12, 1991.
"Al-Fuqra: Holy Warriors of Terrorism," Anti-Defamation League, 1993.