Incident Summary:

1/12/1996: Unknown perpetrators sent a mail bomb to the Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States. The device was addressed to Reverend Pat Robertson who, at the time, had a television show on the station. The suspicious package was discovered and subsequently blown up by the police.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Virginia Beach

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Christian Broadcasting Network
Specific Description Reverend Pat Robertson
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Letter Bomb
Weapon Details
Explosive device placed in a six inch package
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information Authorities also believe that this incident was linked to another mail bomb sent to Pat Robertson in 1990 because, in both instances, the explosive devices were similar (199004270007).
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
Mike Mather, "Bomb Squad Destroys Suspicious Package At CBN; If It's a Bomb, It's the 2nd One Found There Since 1990," The Virginian-Pilot, January 13, 1996.