Incident Summary:

12/25/2020: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden RV in front of an AT&T Inc. building in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, United States. The assailant was killed, three people were injured, and several buildings were damaged in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, authorities attributed the attack to Anthony Warner, an unaffiliated individual, who issued a warning minutes prior to the attack. Sources noted that Warner held anti-government views and believed in several conspiracy theories, but it is uncertain if these inspired the attack. According to a neighbor, Warner stated "Nashville and the world is never going to forget me" a week prior to the attack.



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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity AT&T Inc.
Specific Description Office Building
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity City of Nashville
Specific Description Downtown District
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden RV containing nitroglycerin was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources noted that the assailant believed in several conspiracy theories and held anti-government views, but it is uncertain if these motivated the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Conspiracy theory extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 3
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Bomber to neighbor: The world is 'never going to forget me'," Associated Press Newswires, December 28, 2020.
"FBI: Nashville bomber driven by conspiracies, paranoia," ABC News, March 15, 2021.
"Behind the Nashville Bombing, a Conspiracy Theorist Stewing About the Government," Feed, February 24, 2021.