Incident Summary:

06/18/1999: Arsonists attacked the B'nai Israel synagogue in downtown Sacramento, California, U.S.A.. This was the first of three attacks launched within minutes of each other on synagogues in the Sacramento area. This fire damaged the synagogue, but no casualties were reported. Propaganda fliers left at the scene of the blast blamed the "North Atlantic Terrorist Organization" and "Jewsmedia" for the war in Kosovo.



United States

North America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Judaism
Specific Description The B'nai Israel Synagogue in Sacramento, California
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Semitic extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
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
"Three synagogues firebombed in California," Agence France Presse, June 18, 1999.
"Three synagogues set on fire in Sacramento area," The Associated Press, June 18, 1999.