Incident Summary:

08/02/2015: An explosive device detonated in a trash can outside Holy Cross Catholic Church in Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States. There were no reported casualties in the blast. This was one of two similar blasts targeting churches in Las Cruces on the same day. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New Mexico

Las Cruces

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Holy Cross Catholic Church
Specific Description Church
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 Unknown Explosive Type
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
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
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
"Bomb blasts outside two New Mexico churches disrupt Sunday services," Reuters, August 2, 2015.
"FBI released surveillance video in New Mexico church blasts," Associated Press, August 7, 2015.
"New Mexico church bombings possibly linked; Gov. Martinez condemns attack," UPI, August 3, 2015.