Incident Summary:

01/16/1997: Around 9:30 a.m. a bomb detonated outside the Atlanta Northside Family Planning Services in the Sandy Springs area of Atlanta, Georgia, United States. This was the first of two related attacks at this location. A second bomb detonated near the building 45 minutes later, targeting first responders. The first explosion did not cause any casualties, but did blow a hole in the wall of the building. In 2005, Eric Rudolph was convicted and sentenced to four life terms for carrying out this attack and others, including the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in July 1996 and a bombing at a gay and lesbian bar in February 1997. A letter signed "Army of God," sent after the bombing at the gay bar, referenced this attack and confirmed that the clinic was the target, noting anti-abortion and anti-gay motivations.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Sandy Springs

Location Details:
275 Carpenter Dr NE, Sandy Springs

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Abortion Related
Name of Entity Atlanta Northside Family Planning Services
Specific Description Clinic
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 Dynamite/TNT
Weapon Details
The bomb consisted of 10-20 sticks of commercial grade dynamite, square-cut concrete masonry or flooring nails, and steel plates to direct the force of the explosion, wired to a "baby Big Ben" wind up clock and packed in a green metal military-style ammunition can.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Army of God Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
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
Eric Harrison and Melissa Healy, "Atlanta abortion clinic blasts injure 6; A second bomb hurts people," Austin-American Statesman (Texas), January 17, 1997.
Pierre Thomas, "Atlanta Authorities Convinced Blasts Most Likely Were Aimed at Officers," The Washington Post, March 23, 1997.
Harry R. Weber, "Rudolph given 4 life terms in Atlanta Bombings," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Associated Press), August 23, 2005.