Incident Summary:

5/9/2007: Unknown perpetrators ignited a fire inside the building housing the Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia in Virginia Beach, United States. There were no casualties, but three Planned Parenthood offices were damaged.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Virginia Beach

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Abortion Related
Name of Entity Planned Parenthood
Specific Description Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia
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
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The fire was first reported at 5:40 AM. The blaze was extinguished quickly by firefighters.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Abortion extremists 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
Jon Frank, "Task Force Says Fire at Center Was Intentional; Planned Parenthood Suites Were Damaged," The Virginia Pilot & The Ledger-Star, May 10, 2007.
"Local News Briefs - James City/Hampton/York/Virginia Beach," Daily News, May 10, 2007.
Clinic Defense and Research, "1997 Chronicle of Clinic Harassment & Violence," Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.