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Fact Sheet: Terrorist Attacks against Religious Targets in the United States, 1970 — 2017


Fact Sheet: Terrorist Attacks against Religious Targets in the United States, 1970 — 2017

October 29, 2018Erin Miller

START has released a new fact sheet on "Terrorist Attacks against Religious Targets in the United States, 1970-2017." Between 1970 and 2017, 150 terrorist attacks in the United States targeted religious figures and institutions. Fifteen of these attacks were lethal. They killed 42 people, including three perpetrators, and injured 38 others. The majority of these attacks (79%) targeted places of worship, including churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples. Fourteen percent targeted religious figures, including imams, ministers, priests, and rabbis; and 7 percent targeted religiously-affiliated institutions, primarily community centers.