Incident Summary:

1/6/1994: In a series of two related incidents, a group identifying itself as the Maccabee Squad and Shield of David placed a crudely constructed bomb outside of an office building housing many left-wing Jewish organizations in Manhattan, New York, United States. The bomb failed to detonate due to a faulty timer. It was subsequently discovered and disarmed by the police.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

New York City

Location Details:

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Left-wing Jewish organizations in the United States
Specific Description Offices of the Americans for Progressive Israel, Israel Horizons and the Progressive Zionist Caucus housed in a building on 27 West 20th Street, Manhattan New York
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Time Fuse
Weapon Details
Bomb consisting of a thermos bottle connected to an egg timer filled with black explosive powder
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information This is part of a multiple attack with 199401060019. The bomb was discovered after it failed to detonate just before 3:00 AM. A note signed by the Maccabee Squad and Shield of David accompanied the explosive device. If exploded, it is believed that the bomb would not have caused substantial damage. Moreover, the device was compared to a firecracker.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Maccabee Squad and the Shield of David Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
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
Malcolm Gladwell, "Two Identical Bombs Found Outside Manhattan Towers," Washington Post, January 6, 1994.
Craig Wolff, "2 Bombs Left With Notes Fail to Go Off Near Offices," New York Times, January 6, 1994.
"World: New York Bombings Raise Israeli Fear," The Times-News, January 7, 1994.