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Terrorism in the United States

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Map of 2,872 terrorist incidents in the contiguous United States from 1970 to 2017.  KEY: Orange: 2001–2017; Green: 1970–2000
Map of 2,872 terrorist incidents in the contiguous United States from 1970 to 2017.
KEY: Orange: 2001–2017; Green: 1970–2000
Terrorism deaths in the United States
Terrorism deaths in the United States

In the United States a common definition of terrorism is the systematic or threatened use of violence in order to create a general climate of fear to intimidate a population or government and thereby effect political, religious, or ideological change.[1][2] This article serves as a list and compilation of acts of terrorism, attempts of terrorism, and other such items pertaining to terrorist activities within the domestic borders of the United States by non-state actors or spies acting in the interests of or persons acting without approval of state actors.

In November 19, 2019 remarks made by Matthew Alcoke, Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI Counterterrorism Division, Alcoke defines domestic terrorists as "individuals who commit violent criminal acts in furtherance of ideological goals stemming from domestic issues."[3] Although acts of violence by domestic extremists consistently meet the definition, no US criminal charge for domestic terror exists. Rather, the phrase is an FBI investigative category used to classify four various types of extremism: "racially motivated violent extremism, anti-government/anti-authority extremism, animal rights/environmental extremism, and abortion extremism."[3]

A 2017 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that of the 85 deadly extremist incidents since September 11, 2001, far right-wing extremist groups were responsible for 73%, while radical Islamist extremists were responsible for 27%. The total number of deaths caused by each group was about the same, though 41% of the deaths attributable to radical Islamists occurred in a single event — the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting in which 49 were killed by a lone gunman. No deaths were attributed to left-wing groups.[4][5][6]

In 2018, most ideologically motivated murders in the United States of America were linked to right-wing extremism.[7] As of 2020, right-wing extremist terrorism accounted for the majority of terrorist attacks and plots in the US[8] and has killed more people in the continental United States since the September 11 attacks than Islamic terrorism.[9] The Department of Homeland Security reported in October 2020 that white supremacists posed the top domestic terrorism threat, which FBI director Christopher Wray confirmed in March 2021, noting the bureau had elevated the threat to the same level as ISIS.[10] The DHS report did not mention antifa, despite persistent allegations about its threat from the political right in recent years.[11][12][13]

U.S. totals

Terrorist incidents in the United States[14][15]
Year Number of
Deaths Injuries
2017 65 95 932
2016 64 68 139
2015 38 54 58
2014 29 26 19
2013 20 23 436
2012 20 7 7
2011 10 0 2
2010 17 4 17
2009 11 18 41
2008 18 2 13
2007 8 0 0
2006 6 1 14
2005 21 0 0
2004 9 0 0
2003 33 0 0
2002 33 4 11
2001 41 3,008 16,515
2000 32 0 7
1999 53 20 40
1998 31 4 3
1997 40 2 18
1996 35 2 119
1995 60 178 738
1994 55 10 16
1993 36 10 1,005
1992 32 2 3
1991 30 2 4
1990 32 5 7
1989 42 3 14
1988 27 1 1
1987 34 1 1
1986 49 1 36
1985 40 3 13
1984 63 3 780
1983 44 8 5
1982 78 11 37
1981 74 8 15
1980 67 15 22
1979 69 18 58
1978 87 8 8
1977 130 4 17
1976 105 4 41
1975 149 24 158
1974 94 16 54
1973 58 45 33
1972 68 10 35
1971 247 20 55
1970 468 33 160
Total 2,872 3,781 21,707

Recent trends

A 2017 report by The Nation Institute and Center for Investigative Reporting looked at the terrorist incidents in the US between 2008 and 2016.[16] It found:[17]

  • 115 Far right inspired terror incidents. 35% of these were foiled (meaning no attack happened) and 29% resulted in fatalities. These terror incidents caused 79 deaths.
  • 63 Islamist inspired terror incidents. 76% of these were foiled (meaning no attack happened) and 13% resulted in fatalities. These terror incidents caused 90 deaths.
  • 19 Far left inspired terror incidents. 20% of these were foiled (meaning no attack happened) and 10% resulted in fatalities. These terror incidents caused 7 deaths.

According to a report based on Justice Department figures released by the U.S. government in January 2018, about three out of four people convicted on charges of international terrorism between September 11, 2001 to December 31, 2016, were foreign-born. According to the Justice Department, 549 were convicted for international terrorism including 254 who were citizens of another country, 148 were naturalized citizens and 148 were natural-born-citizens.[18] In a speech before a joint session of Congress on February 28, 2017, President Donald Trump incorrectly attributed these findings to domestic terrorism, rather than to cases in which international terrorists may have been brought to the United States for prosecution.[19]

The Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security and the Police Executive Research Forum conducted a 2015 survey of 382 police and sheriff departments nationwide. Nearly 74% of respondents stated that anti-government violence was their top concern regarding threats from violent extremism, while about 39% stated "Al Qaeda-inspired" violence was their top concern.[20][21]

For the past decade, the national conversation on terrorism has largely focused on Islamic extremist acts, however, law enforcement groups have made it clear that Muslim extremists make up a minute percentage of ideologically based terror attacks in the United States.[22] Since November 9, 2001, only about 9 American Muslims per year have taken part in terrorist plots in the United States, in total, 20 incidents resulted in about 50 deaths. A 2012 study showed that in about the same time period right-wing extremists were responsible for about 337 attacks per year, in total, they killed more than 5 times the number of people killed by Muslims in the United States.[23]

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism maintains Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States, a database containing over 1,800 profiles of individuals radicalized by ideologies since 1948.[24] The database shows that from 1948 through 2016, 40.0% of identified extremists were far-right, 24.5% were Islamist and 17.4% were far-left, while 18.2% were "single issue" individuals.[25]

In May 2019, the FBI for the first time identified fringe conspiracy theories as a potential source of domestic terrorism, specifically citing QAnon.[26]

A June 2020 study by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) reported that over 25 years of domestic terrorism incidents, the majority of attacks and plots have come from far-right attackers. The trend has accelerated in recent years, with this sector responsible for about 66% of attacks and plots in 2019, and 90% of those in 2020. The next most potentially dangerous group has been “religious extremists”, the majority “Salafi jihadists inspired by the Islamic State and al-Qaeda”, while the number planned by the far left has reduced to a minute fraction since the mid-2000s.[27][28]

In October 2020, the Department of Homeland Security released the "Homeland Threat Assessment", a report detailing various domestic threats to US national security. It states that, out of all domestic terror attacks resulting in lethal threats to life between 2018 and 2019, "WSEs [white supremacist extremists] conducted half of all lethal attacks (8 of 16), resulting in the majority of deaths (39 of 48)".[29]

Attacks by date


# Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator
1 March 8, 1782 Massacre 96 2 Ohio Gnadenhutten, Ohio (then part of the Indian Reserve / Ohio Country) Gnadenhutten massacre – Pennsylvania militia round up and execute 96 unarmed pacifist Christian Delaware (Lenape) Indians, including 69 women and children, as revenge for raids against settlers (carried out by other Indians) as well as in expression of general animosity towards all Native Americans. They then plundered and burned their village. Pennsylvania militia
2 January 2, 1791 Massacre 12 Several Ohio, near Stockport, Ohio (then part of the Northwest Territory) Big Bottom massacre – In an attempt to drive settlers out of their land (and possibly in some part driven by the earlier Gnadenhutten massacre of Lenape Indians), Lenape and Wyandot warriors went into a settlement of 36 white settlers on unclaimed land and killed 12 of them. Lenape and Wyandot warriors


# Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator
3 September 3, 1812 Scalping 24 unknown Pigeon Roost Village, Northwest Territory Pigeon Roost massacre – Near the onset of the war of 1812, a war party of Shawnee Indians made a surprise attack on Pigeon Roost village, slaughtering 24 settlers. Shawnee Indians
4 November 18, 1813 Massacre 64 29 Alabama Hillabee, Alabama Hillabee massacre – A day after the Hillabee Creeks had sued for peace, which was then granted by General Andrew Jackson, General William Cocke attacked and destroyed the Creek villages of Little Oakfusky and Genalga and then the main town of Hillabee. Thinking they were at peace, the Indians were unprepared and gave little resistance. U.S. troops
5 April 21, 1818 Pillaging of village 5–10 unknown Georgia (U.S. state) Chehaw Village, Georgia Chehaw Affair – During the First Seminole War, Captain Obed Wright and a band of volunteer Georgia militiamen, angered by recent attacks from the Phelemmes and the Hoppones, took out their anger on the friendly village of Chehaw, despite the insistence of the local fort commander that the people were peaceful. Wright and his militia burned the village to the ground and claimed to have killed 40–50 warriors without suffering any casualties, though other accounts placed number of Chehaw residents killed at 5–10. Volunteer militia
6 February 1823 Massacre and razing of village 19 unknown Galveston Bay, Mexican Texas Skull Creek massacre – After Coco Indians killed two colonists under unclear circumstances, the colonists got together twenty-five men and found a Karankawa village on Skull Creek. They killed at least nineteen inhabitants of the village before the rest could flee, then stole their possessions and burned their homes to the ground. White Colonists
7 1826 Massacre by rifle 40–50 unknown Galveston Bay, Mexican Texas Dressing Point massacre – After a reported attack on two settler families, a band of White settlers went out looking for Indians and found a group of Coco Indians pinned against a river mouth. When the Indians attempted to escape by swimming across the river, the settlers shot them as they swam, killing men, women, and children. White colonists
8 November 7, 1837 Lynching, shootout 1 (+1) Several Illinois Alton, Illinois Elijah Parish Lovejoy was killed by a pro-slavery mob while defending the site of his anti-slavery newspaper, The Saint Louis Observer. Pro-slavery mob
9 August 6 – November 1, 1838 War 22  Missouri 1838 Mormon War – As Mormons began to pour into Missouri (which Mormons considered their "promised land"), their distinct theology and abolitionist tendencies were met with friction by the locals, which soon escalated into accusations, recriminations, and ultimately armed violence. After some skirmishing, the Mormon Extermination Order was passed, and the murder of Mormons was legalized in the state of Missouri. Eventually, Mormons were almost completely driven from the state of Missouri. Anti-Mormon militants
10 May 12, 1846 Massacre by gun 14+ unknown Oregon Klamath County, Oregon Klamath Lake massacre – Frémont expeditioners led by Kit Carson destroyed a village of Klamath peoples on the shores of Klamath Lake, killing at least 14 Klamath Indians. White expeditioners and Delaware Indians
11 June 1846 Massacre by gun several unknown California Sutter County, California Sutter Buttes massacre – American expeditioners attacked a rancheria of Patwin Indians, killing several while the rest fled. White expeditioners and Delaware Indians
12 February 28, 1847 Massacre by gun 20 unknown California Sutter County, California Kern and Sutter massacres – White American settlers and U.S. Army personal make a series of three attacks on local California Indians in an attempt to dissuade them from future raids. U.S. Army and White settlers
13 March 1847 Massacre 5 (possibly 1) "many more" California Sutter County, California Rancheria Tulea massacre – American slavers attack Rancheria Tulea in retaliation for the escape of Indian slaves. White slavers
14 June/July 1847 Slave raid 12–20 unknown California Sutter County, California Konkow Maidu slaver massacre – Konkow Maidu massacred so that ~30 of their women and children could be carried off into slavery. White slavers
15 May 15, 1854 Massacre by gun from horses 40 unknown California Mendocino County, California Asbill massacre – Six Missouri explorers led by Pierce Asbill, upon learning that the newly discovered Round Valley which they coveted was populated by Indians, proceeded to kill approximately 40 of the Yuki with guns from horseback. White settlers
16 May 21, 1856 Sacking 0 (+1) 1 Kansas Lawrence, Kansas Territory Sacking of Lawrence – Pro-Slavery forces enter Lawrence, Kansas to disarm residents and destroy the town's presses and the Free State Hotel. Pro-slavery militants
17 May 22, 1856 Assault 0 1 Washington, D.C.District of Columbia Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina famously assaulted Charles Sumner for an anti slavery speech and personal insults. Pro-slavery militants
18 September 11, 1857 Massacre ~120 ~17
Utah territory coat of arms (illustrated, 1876).jpg
Mountain Meadows, Utah Territory
Mountain Meadows massacre – During the Utah War, Mormon militiamen fueled by paranoia attacked the Baker–Fancher party wagon train, killing everyone older than 7. The party's 17 surviving children were kidnapped into Mormon families and the victims' property was auctioned off to the local community. Historical records vary widely regarding the involvement of the local Paiutes. Utah Territorial Militia and local Paiutes
19 October 16, 1859 Mass shooting, stabbing 5 Kansas Franklin County, Kansas Territory Pottawatomie massacre – In response to the sacking of Lawrence, John Brown led a group of abolitionists to murder five Kansas settlers from Tennessee, whom he presumed to be pro-slavery. Pottawatomie Rifles
20 July 1859 – January 1860 Organized genocide 283+ (+5) unknown California Mendocino County, California Mendocino War – Anti-Indian band of mercenaries known as the "Eel River Rangers" kill 283 Indians, as well as capturing 292, in 23 separate engagements meant to drive Indians out of Round Valley. Overall casualties may have been in excess of 600. Eel River Rangers, anti-Indian mercenaries
21 February 26–28, 1860 Mass shooting, stabbing, hatchets, clubs 80+ unknown California Indian Island (Humboldt Bay), California 1860 Wiyot massacre – Motivated by anger at cattle-stealing and the aim of terrorizing and eliminating all Indians in the region, around 50–100 white settlers coordinated 12 attacks on women, children, and elder men in Wiyot villages in the Humboldt Bay area from February 26–28. The reported number of Indians killed in some of the attacks are 80-150+ (Indian Island), 40 (Eel River), 58 (South Beach), 35 (Eagle Prairie), while the death tolls from several attacks are unknown.[30] White settlers
22 August 21, 1863 Massacre/Plunder 164 (+40) 1 Kansas Lawrence, Kansas Territory Lawrence massacre – Pro-Confederate guerrillas destroy Lawrence, Kansas due to its support of abolition and reputation as a holdout for pro-union militias. Pro-Confederate guerrillas
23 April 14, 1865 Assassination, shooting, stabbing 1 4  District of Columbia Abraham Lincoln assassination – Part of a conspiracy by Confederate supporters John Wilkes Booth, Lewis Powell and George Atzerodt to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln, Vice President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of State William Seward in Washington, D.C. to create chaos for the purpose of overthrowing the Federal Government. Booth succeeded in assassinating Lincoln at Ford's Theatre, Seward suffered numerous stab wounds by Powell who stabbed others as he was chased out of Seward's home, and Atzerodt failed to carry out the planned murder of Johnson. Booth was killed by soldiers when he failed to surrender. Eight conspirators were tried and convicted for their role in the conspiracy by a military tribunal, including Powell and Atzerodt. Four defendants were executed for their roles including Powell, Azterodt and Mary Surratt, whom many historians conclude was probably innocent. Surratt was the first woman ever to be executed by the U.S. government. John Wilkes Booth, Lewis Powell, George Atzerodt and co-conspirators
24 March 1871 Mob violence ~30 unknown Mississippi Meridian, Mississippi Meridian Race Riot of 1871 – A highly contentious trial regarding the persecution of Black freedmen by the Ku Klux Klan and subsequent retaliation by the freedmen led to a gunfight in the courtroom and the death of the presiding judge. The local Klansmen looked for the Black suspects they thought responsible, and when unable to find them began killing all freedmen of note in the town, some on the streets and others while in custody. At least one home and a church that was being used as a school were also burned down. Approximately thirty Black men were killed over three days before federal troops arrived to stop the killings. Ku Klux Klan and White locals
25 April 13, 1873 Mass shooting, prisoner massacre 105+ (+3) unknown Louisiana Colfax, Louisiana Colfax massacre – Black freedmen defending a courthouse were massacred by 300 armed White Southern Democrats and Ku Klux Klan members who wanted to take political control of the town in what they referred to as a "struggle for White supremacy". Casualty reports varied from 62 to 153, with a military report at the time stating 81 Black men by name who had been killed with several dozen more secretly buried or disposed of in the river, along with three White men, for a total of "at least" 105 casualties.[31] Southern Democrats, Ku Klux Klan and White locals
26 July 2, 1881 Assassination, shooting 1 0  District of Columbia Assassination of James A. Garfield – United States President James A. Garfield was shot by a disgruntled office seeker named Charles J. Guiteau. He was turned down by Garfield for the French Ambassadorship. Angry at this rejection, he shot Garfield. Garfield died on September 19, 1881 of blood poisoning caused by unclean medical treatment. Guiteau was tried, convicted and hanged. Charles J. Guiteau
27 May 4, 1886 Bombing, shooting, riot 11+ 130+ Illinois Chicago, Illinois Haymarket affair – An unknown person or persons at Haymarket Square in Chicago detonated a bomb during a labor rally, killing a police officer and prompting the police to open fire. In the mayhem, an undetermined number of civilians and seven more police officers were killed, mostly by the police shooting in response.[32] Eight anarchists were convicted of conspiracy, and four of them hanged the next year. One killed himself, and the remaining three were later pardoned. Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions
Chicago Police Department
28 October 28, 1893 Assassination 1 0 Illinois Chicago, Illinois Patrick Eugene Joseph Prendergast was upset that the Mayor of Chicago, Carter Harrison, Sr., advocated for the repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act of 1890, seeing it as an action against the citizenry and acting under the influence of England, the Rothschild bankers of Europe, and Wall St. Prendergast imagined this as part of a larger conspiracy that betrayed the will of Jesus Christ. As a delusional newspaper man, he found himself unable to influence policy in Washington or Chicago and ultimately took it upon himself to change the course of history by assassinating the powerful mayor. He felt that his inevitable acquittal would establish a precedent wherein Christian law would be established throughout the city. Prendergast was found sane by a jury and hanged on July 14, 1894.[33] Patrick Eugene Prendergast


# Date Type Dead Injured Location(s) Details Perpetrator
29 September 6, 1901 Assassination, shooting 1 0 New York (state) Buffalo, New York Assassination of William McKinley – President William McKinley is assassinated by Michigan-born anarchist Leon Czolgosz, in Buffalo, New York.[34] Leon Czolgosz
30 December 30, 1905 Assassination, bombing 1 0 Idaho Caldwell, Idaho Former Idaho Governor Frank Steunenberg is killed by a bomb in front of his Caldwell, Idaho home. The assassin, Harry Orchard, turned state's evidence and accused the Western Federation of Miners of having hired him to assassinate Steunenberg in retaliation for breaking up miners' strikes. However, the labor leaders put on trial due to his accusations were acquitted as defense attorneys Clarence Darrow and Edmund F. Richardson successfully discredited Orchard's testimony.[35] Harry Orchard
31 October 1, 1910 Bombing 21 100+ California Los Angeles, California Los Angeles Times bombing – The Los Angeles Times building in Los Angeles was destroyed by dynamite, killing 21 workers. The bomb was apparently placed due to the paper's opposition to unionization in the city;[36] two labor organizers, the McNamara brothers, then pled guilty to escape a death sentence, receiving fifteen years and life in prison respectively. James and John McNamara
32 May 30, 1915 Bombing 0 0 Washington (state) Harbor Island, Seattle, Washington German agents blew up a barge carrying 15 tons of refined gunpowder just off of Harbor Island, Seattle, Washington.[37] Imperial German agents
33 July 2–3, 1915 Bombing, shooting 0 1  District of Columbia/New York (state) Glen Cove, New York Frank Holt (also known as Eric Muenter), a German professor who wanted to stop American support of the Allies in World War I, exploded a bomb in the reception room of the U.S. Senate. The next morning he tried to assassinate J. P. Morgan, Jr., the son of the financier whose company served as Britain's principal purchasing agent for munitions and other war supplies in the United States. Muenter was overpowered by Morgan in Morgan's Long Island home before killing himself in prison on July 7.[38][39] Eric Muenter
34 July 22, 1916 Bombing 10 40 California San Francisco, California Preparedness Day Bombing – Ten people killed and 40 injured by an explosion during a Preparedness Day parade in San Francisco. Two radical labor leaders, Warren K. Billings and Thomas Mooney, were convicted of the crime and sentenced to hang, but with little evidence of their guilt both sentences were commuted to life imprisonment. They were both eventually pardoned, and the actual bombers' identities remain unknown. Galleanist anarchists (suspected)
35 July 30, 1916 Bombing, sabotage 7 Hundreds New Jersey Jersey City, New Jersey Black Tom explosion – in Jersey City, New Jersey was an act of sabotage on American ammunition supplies by German agents to prevent the materiel from being used by the Allies in World War I. Imperial German agents
36 October 21, 1916 Lynching 1 1 Abbeville County, South Carolina Anthony Crawford, a prominent black landowner and businessman, was attacked, arrested for his own protection, abducted from jail, hung and shot. He managed to hit one of his attackers (McKinny Cann) in the head with a hammer. White mob
37 November 24, 1917 Bombing 10 2 Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin A bomb exploded in a Milwaukee police station, killing nine officers and a civilian. Anarchists were suspected.[40][41] Galleanist anarchists (suspected)
38 1919 Bombings 1 Several United States Across the country 1919 United States anarchist bombings: A series of package bombs were mailed to prominent business and government leaders around the country. Most were intercepted and did not go off, with only one person killed (a bomber whose bomb went off accidentally). Italian Galleanist anarchists were suspected, but not convicted. Galleanist anarchists (suspected)
39 September 16, 1920 Bombing 38 143 New York (state) New York City, New York Wall Street bombing: A horse-drawn wagon filled with explosives was detonated in front of the J. P. Morgan bank on Wall Street, killing 38 and wounding 143. Galleanist anarchists were again suspected, but the perpetrators were never caught.[42] Galleanist anarchists (suspected)
40 June 1, 1921 Mob violence 150–300 800+ Oklahoma Tulsa, Oklahoma Tulsa race massacre: White mobs of approximately 500–1000 people, instigated by the rumor of an assault of a white woman and subsequent minor riot, armed themselves and attacked a black neighborhood in Tulsa known as the Black Wall Street. The riot killed 150–300 people and destroyed more than 1,100 homes and hundreds of businesses, leaving over 9,000 people homeless.[43] Airplanes were reported to have dropped incendiary devices on the city, contributing to a firestorm.[44] White mobs
41 May 18, 1927 Bombing 44 (+1) 58 Michigan Bath Township, Michigan Bath School disaster: 55-year-old school board treasurer Andrew Kehoe, angered by his property taxes being raised and having been defeated in a campaign for township clerk, detonated a cache of dynamite he placed in the Bath Consolidated School as revenge, destroying the north wing. In the explosion 36 school children and two teachers were killed. As rescuers arrived to help, Kehoe drove up in his truck and detonated another cache of dynamite stored there, which killed himself, the school superintendent, and several others, while injuring bystanders as well. Afterward, 500 more pounds of dynamite with a timing device were found in the south wing which Kehoe apparently set to go off at the same time but failed, and would have succeeded in destroying the entire school. Prior to the bombings, Kehoe murdered his wife and also destroyed his farm buildings with dynamite. The worst mass murder at a school in US history, it may also be the first suicide truck bombing. A sign Kehoe placed on his property was found afterward reading "Criminals are made, not born".[45] Andrew Kehoe
42 July 4, 1940 Bombing 2 2 New York (state) New York City, New York Two New York City policemen were killed and two critically wounded while examining a bomb they had found at the British Pavilion at the World's Fair.[citation needed] Unknown
43 1940–1956 Bombing 0 10 New York (state) New York City, New York George Metesky, the "Mad Bomber", placed over 30 bombs in New York City in public places such as Grand Central Station and the Paramount Theatre, injuring 10, in protest of the high rates of a local electric utility. He also sent many threatening letters to various high-profile individuals. George Metesky
44 February 12, 1941 Lynching 1 0 Fort Benning Military Base, Georgia Private Felix Hall was strangled to death on base after an argument with his white boss and walking through a white neighborhood. His murder by a number of assailants was poorly investigated by the army, which kept insisting that he strangled himself despite the evidence. White supremacists
45 1951 Bombings, shootings, melee attacks Several Several  Florida A wave of hate-related terrorist attacks occurred in Florida. African-Americans were dragged and beaten to death, with 11 race-related bombings, the dynamiting of synagogues, and a Jewish School in Miami and explosives found outside of Catholic Churches in Miami.[46][47]
46 March 1, 1954 Shooting 0 5  Washington, D.C. Capitol Hill shooting incident – An attack carried out by Puerto Rican nationalists, they shot 30 rounds from semi-automatic pistols from the Ladies' Gallery (a balcony for visitors) of the House of Representatives chamber in the United States Capitol. Lolita Lebrón, Rafael Cancel Miranda, Andrés Figueroa Cordero, Irvin Flores Rodríguez
46 1957 Bombing 0 0 Nashville, Tennessee Before school day started on September 10, the day after the first African American student started attending Hattie Cotton Elementary School a bomb exploded, destroying part of the building and causing $71,000 damage. White supremacists
47 October 12, 1958 Bombings 0 0 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta, Georgia Bombing of the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation Temple of Atlanta, Georgia. The acts were carried out by white supremacists. National States' Rights Party (suspected)


# Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator
48 September 15, 1963 Bombings 4 22 Alabama Birmingham, Alabama 16th Street Baptist Church bombing: Members of the Ku Klux Klan and segregationists plant bombs inside the African-American 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, killing four young African American girls and injuring 22 more. Ku Klux Klan and segregationists
49 November 22, 1963 Assassination, shooting 2 2 Texas Dallas, Texas Assassination of John F. Kennedy: U.S. president John Fitzgerald Kennedy is killed by communist Lee Harvey Oswald in Dealey Plaza in Dallas. Oswald kills Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit while fleeing. Lee Harvey Oswald
50 June 16, 1964 Burning 0 0 Mississippi Neshoba County, Mississippi Mt. Zion Baptist Church is burned as part of a campaign to stop integration and the Civil Rights Movement. Ku Klux Klan
51 June 21, 1964 Murder 3 0 Mississippi Philadelphia, Mississippi Michael (Mickey) Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman are detained by Mississippi police then abducted and murdered for their work with Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Ku Klux Klan
52 April 1968 Hostage-taking 0 0 Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut Students at Trinity College hold the board of trustees captive until their demands were met.[48] Trinity College students
53 April 4, 1968 Assassination, shooting 1 0 Tennessee Memphis, Tennessee Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated. James Earl Ray, anti-communist and white supremacist.
54 April 23–30, 1968 Hostage-taking 0 0 New York (state) New York City, New York During a student rebellion at New York's Columbia University, members of the New Left organization Students for a Democratic Society and the Student Afro-American Society held a dean hostage, demanding an end to both military research on campus and an end to construction of a gymnasium in nearby Harlem.[49] Students for a Democratic Society
Student Afro-American Society
55 June 5, 1968 Assassination, shooting 1 5 California Los Angeles, California Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy: Senator Robert F. Kennedy, while campaigning for U.S. presidency during the 1968 United States Presidential election, is shot to death by Palestinian-Jordanian Sirhan Sirhan in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Sirhan was angered over Kennedy's support for Israel. Sirhan Sirhan
56 November 1968 Hostage taking 0 0 California Los Angeles, California Officials of San Fernando State College are held at knife point by students.[48] San Fernando State College students
57 January 1, 1969 – April 15, 1970 Widespread violence Unknown Unknown  United States 8200 Bombings, attempted bombings and bomb threats attributed to "campus disturbances and student unrest"[48] University students across America, many members of Students for a Democratic Society
58 February 1969 Bombing 0 1 California Claremont, California A secretary at Pomona College is severely injured by bomb.[48] Left-wing student radicals
59 March 1969 Bombing 0 0 (+1) California San Francisco, California A student is critically injured while attempting to bomb a San Francisco State College classroom.[48] Left-wing student radical
60 August 20, 1969 Bombing 0 20 New York (state) New York City, New York Twenty are injured by radical leftist Sam Melville in a bombing of the Marine Midland Building in New York City. Sam Melville
61 September 18, 1969 Bombing 0 0 New York (state) New York City, New York The Federal Building in New York City is bombed by radical leftist Jane Alpert.[50] Jane Alpert
62 October 7, 1969 Bombing 0 0 New York (state) New York City, New York Fifth floor of the Armed Forces Induction Center in New York City is devastated by explosion attributed to radical leftist Jane Alpert. Jane Alpert
63 November 12, 1969 Bombing 0 0 New York (state) New York City, New York A bomb is detonated in the Manhattan Criminal Court building in New York City. Jane Alpert, Sam Melville, and 3 other militant radical leftists are arrested hours later.[50][51] Jane Alpert, Sam Melville and others


# Date Type Dead Injured Location(s) Details Perpetrator
64 1970s Bombing 5 69+ New York (state) New York City/Illinois Chicago, Illinois The most active perpetrators of terrorism in New York City were Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional (FALN), a Puerto Rican separatist group, responsible for 40 NYC attacks in this decade. The Jewish Defense League (JDL), which engaged in attacks against targets it perceived to be anti-Semitic, launched 27 attacks during this period, none deadly. Both the Independent Armed Revolutionary Commandos (CRIA), another Puerto Rican separatist group, and Omega 7, an anti-Castro Cuban organization, were also each responsible for 16 attacks during this period.[52] Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional
65 April 1970 Riot 0 Unknown California Stanford, California At Stanford University, over a period of several nights, bands of student radicals systematically set fires, broke windows and threw rocks.[48] Left-wing student radicals
66 May 1970 Firebombing 0 0 California Fresno, California In reaction to the U.S. invasion of Cambodia, Kent State shootings, and Jackson State killings, a Fresno State College computer center is destroyed by a firebomb. While reaction to these three events was massive, most were peaceful.[48] Left-wing student radicals
67 August 24, 1970 Bombing 1 3 Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin Sterling Hall bombing: Sterling Hall at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is bombed in protest of the Army Mathematics Research Center and the Vietnam War, killing one. Bombers Karleton Armstrong, Dwight Armstrong, David Fine, and Leo Burt claimed the death of physicist Robert Fassnacht was unintentional but acknowledged that they knew the building was occupied when they planted the bomb. Karleton Armstrong, Dwight Armstrong, David Fine, and Leo Burt
68 November 21, 1970 Bombing 0 1 Oregon Portland, Oregon Bombing of the City Hall of Portland, Oregon in an attempt to destroy the state's bronze Liberty Bell replica. The late night explosion destroyed the display foyer, blew out the building doors, damaged the council hall, and blew out windows more than a block away. The night janitor was injured in the blast. The crime remains unsolved, though a number of local anti-war and radical leftist groups of the era remain the primary suspects. Left-wing extremists (suspected)
69 1970 Bombing 0 0 New York (state) New York City, New York The Jewish Defense League was linked to a bomb explosion outside of Aeroflot's New York City office in protest of the treatment of Soviet Jews. Jewish Defense League
70 1971 Bombing 0 0 New York (state) New York City, New York The Jewish Defense League was linked to a detonation outside of Soviet cultural offices in Washington, D.C. and rifle fire into the Soviet mission to the United Nations. Jewish Defense League
71 March 1, 1971 Bombing 0 0  Washington, D.C. The radical leftist group Weatherman exploded a bomb in the United States Capitol to protest the U.S. invasion of Laos. Weatherman
72 June 1, 1973 Shooting 1 0 Maryland Chevy Chase, Maryland Yosef Alon, the Israeli Air Force attache in Washington, D.C., was shot and killed outside his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The Palestinian militant group Black September was suspected, though the case remains unsolved.[53] Black September (suspected)
73 June 24, 1973 Arson 32 15 Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana The UpStairs Lounge arson attack occurred on June 24, 1973 at a gay bar called the UpStairs (or Up Stairs) Lounge located on the second floor of the three-story building at 141 Chartres Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, in the United States.[54] Thirty-two people died as a result of fire or smoke inhalation. The official cause is still listed as "undetermined origin".[55] The most likely suspect, a man named Roger Nunez who had been ejected from the bar earlier in the day, was never charged and took his own life in November 1974.[56][57][58] No evidence has ever been found that the arson was motivated by hatred or overt homophobia.[58] Roger Dale Nunez (suspected; never charged)
74 June 13, 1974 Bombing 0 0 Pennsylvania Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania The 29th floor of the Gulf Tower in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was bombed with dynamite at 9:41 pm resulting in no injuries. The radical leftist group Weatherman took credit, but no suspects have ever been identified.[59] Weatherman
75 Summer 1974 Bombings 3 36 California Los Angeles, California "Alphabet Bomber" Muharem Kurbegovic bombed the Pan Am Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport, killing three and injuring 36. He also firebombed the houses of a judge and two police commissioners as well as one of the commissioner's cars. He burned down two Marina Del Rey apartment buildings and threatened Los Angeles with a gas attack. His bomb defused at the Greyhound Bus station was the most powerful the LAPD bomb squad had handled up until that time. His personal vendetta against a judge and the commissioners grew into demands for an end to immigration and naturalization laws, as well as any laws about sex.[60][61] Muharem Kurbegovic
76 January 24, 1975 Bombing 4 50+ New York (state) New York City, New York A bomb was exploded in the Fraunces Tavern of New York City, killing four people and injuring more than 50 others. The Puerto Rico nationalist group FALN, the Armed Forces of Puerto Rican National Liberation, which had other bomb incidents in New York in the 1970s, claimed responsibility. No one was ever prosecuted for the bombing. FALN
77 December 29, 1975 Bombing 11 76 New York (state) New York City, New York LaGuardia Airport Bombing: killed 11 and injured 75. The bombing remains unsolved.[62] Unknown
78 September 11, 1976 Aircraft hijacking, bombing 1 3 United States Airspace Croatian terrorists hijacked a TWA airliner and diverted it to Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, and then Paris, demanding a manifesto be printed. One police officer was killed and three injured during an attempt to defuse a bomb that contained their communiques in a New York City train station locker.[63] Zvonko Bušić who served 32 years in prison for the attack, was released and returned to Croatia in July 2008. In September 2013 Bušić shot himself and was given a hero's funeral by the Croatian government.[64] Zvonko Bušić and co-conspirators
79 September 21, 1976 Assassination, bombing 2 1  Washington, D.C. Orlando Letelier, a former member of the Chilean government, is killed by a car bomb in Washington, D.C. along with his assistant Ronni Moffitt. The killing was carried out by members of the Chilean Intelligence Agency, DINA. DINA
80 March 9–11, 1977 Hijacking 2 149 hostages  Washington, D.C. 1977 Washington, D.C. attack and hostage taking: Hanafi Muslim gunmen seize three buildings in Washington, DC and hold hostages for three days, in revenge for the 1973 Hanafi Muslim massacre carried out by a Nation of Islam faction. Hamaas Abdul Khaalis and allies


# Date Type Dead Injured Location Details Perpetrator
81 June 3, 1980 Bombing 0 0 New York (state) New York City, New York Bombing of the Statue of Liberty: At 7:30 pm, a time delayed explosive device detonates in the Statue of Liberty's Story Room. Detonated after business hours, the bomb did not injure anyone, but caused $18,000 in damage, destroying many of the exhibits. The room was sealed off and left unrepaired until the Statue of Liberty restoration project that began years later. FBI investigators believed the perpetrators were Croatians seeking media coverage of the living conditions of Croats in Yugoslavia, though no arrests were made. Croatian nationalists (suspected)
82 July 22, 1980 Shooting 1 0 Maryland Bethesda, Maryland Ali Akbar Tabatabai, an Iranian exile and critic of Ayatollah Khomeni, is shot in his Bethesda, Maryland home. Dawud Salahuddin, an American Muslim convert, was apparently paid by Iranians to kill Tabatabai.[65] Dawud Salahuddin
83 March 21, 1981 Lynching, Cross Burning 1 0 AlabamaMobile, Alabama In response to a black man not being found guilty of murdering a white man, three members of the KKK burned a cross on the courthouse lawn. They then picked a black person at random, Michael Donald, who they abducted, beat, strangled and killed; they left his body hanging from a tree. It is one of the few times white perpetrators have been tried and found guilty of a lynching. It is sometimes called the "Last Lynching in America", although it was not the last random racial murder by a white supremacist in the United States, and despite the fact that Michael Donald was not abducted from a jail or courthouse, as was the case with historical lynchings. Ku Klux Klan
84 December 7, 1981 Kidnapping attempt 0 0  Washington, D.C. James W. von Brunn, who would go on to commit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum shooting in Washington, D.C. in 2009, served 6 years in prison for attempting to kidnap members of the Federal Reserve at their headquarters in 1981. He testified his motive was to raise awareness of alleged "treacherous and unconstitutional" acts by the Federal Reserve.[66] James W. von Brunn
85 January 28, 1982 Assassination, shooting 1 0 California Los Angeles, California Kemal Arıkan, the Turkish Consul-General in Los Angeles, was killed by members of the Justice Commandos Against Armenian Genocide. Justice Commandos Against Armenian Genocide
86 May 4, 1982 Assassination, shooting 1 0 Massachusetts Somerville, Massachusetts Assassination of Orhan Gündüz: Turkish Honorary Consul Orhan Gündüz is assassinated in his car in Somerville, Massachusetts by the Justice Commandos Against Armenian Genocide. Justice Commandos Against Armenian Genocide
87 November 7, 1983 Bombing 0 0  Washington, D.C. U.S. Senate bombing: The Armed Resistance Unit, a militant leftist group, bombed the United States Capitol in response to the U.S. invasion of Grenada.[67] May 19th Communist Organization
88 June 18, 1984 Assassination, shooting 1 0 Colorado Denver, Colorado Alan Berg, Jewish-American lawyer and talk show host, is shot and killed in the driveway of his home on Capitol Hill, Denver, Colorado, by members of a neo-Nazi and white separatist group called The Order led by terrorist David Lane (the creator of the slogan "Fourteen Words"). Berg had stridently argued with a member of the group on the show earlier who was convicted in his murder. The Order
89 August – October 1984 Food poisoning 0 751 OregonThe Dalles, Oregon 1984 Rajneeshee bioterror attack: In what is believed to be the first incident of bioterrorism in the United States, the Rajneesh movement spreads salmonella in salad bars at 10 restaurants in The Dalles, Oregon, to influence a local election. The plan backfired, as suspicious residents came out in droves to prevent the election of Rajneeshee candidates. Health officials say that 751 people were sickened and more than 40 hospitalized. All but one of the establishments attacked went out of business. Investigators believed that similar attacks had previously been carried out in Salem, Portland and other cities in Oregon.[68] Rajneesh movement
90 October 11, 1985 Assassination, bombing 1 0 California Santa Ana, California Alex Odeh, a prominent Arab-American, was killed by a bomb in his office in Santa Ana, California. The case is unsolved, but it is thought the Jewish Defense League was responsible. Jewish Defense League (suspected)
91 December 11, 1985 Bombing 1 0 California Sacramento, California Computer rental store owner, Hugh Scrutton, was the first fatality of the Unabomber's neo-luddite campaign. Ted Kaczynski (Unabomber)
92 March 1, 1989 Firebombing 0 0 New York (state) New York City, New York 1989 firebombing of the Riverdale Press: The Riverdale Press, a weekly newspaper in the Bronx, New York, was firebombed one week after publishing an editorial defending author Salman Rushdie's right to publish The Satanic Verses, which questioned the founding story of Islam.[69][70] Unknown


# Date Type Dead Injured Location(s) Details Perpetrator
93 November 5, 1990 Assassination, shooting 1 0 New York (state) New York City, New York Assassination of Meir Kahane: El Sayyid Nosair, a member of an Islamist terror cell led by Sheik Omar Abdul-Rahman, disguises himself as an Orthodox Jew in order to assassinate politician and Rabbi Meir Kahane leader of the anti-Arab and anti-Islamic Kahanism movement and its political party in Israel Kach and Kahane Chai by shooting Kahane at point-blank range. Nosair is acquitted of Kahane's murder, but convicted of other crimes. In prison, Nosair admits to Kahane's murder. El Sayyid Nosair
94 January 25, 1993 Shooting 2 3 Virginia Langley, Virginia CIA Shooting: Pakistani Mir Qazi (a/k/a Mir Aimal Kansi), outraged by U.S. policy toward Palestinians, opens fire on cars stopped at a traffic signal outside CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia. He kills 2 and injures 3, then escapes to Pakistan. He is subsequently apprehended, confesses, is tried and executed. Mir Qazi
95 February 26, 1993 Truck bombing 6 1042 New York (state) New York City, New York World Trade Center bombing: Ramzi Yousef, a member of Al Qaeda, masterminds the truck-bombing of the World Trade Center. The bomb is meant to destabilize the foundation of the building, causing it to collapse and destroy surrounding buildings, leading to mass casualties. It failed to do so, but the detonation killed six people and injured more than 1,000.[71][72][73][74] Al Qaeda
96 March 10, 1993 Shooting 1 0 Florida Pensacola, Florida Murder of David Gunn: Army of God member Michael F. Griffin ambushes and shoots gynecologist David Gunn three times in the back outside the Pensacola Women's Medical Services clinic. Before murdering Gunn, Griffin shouts, "Don't kill any more babies!" Michael F. Griffin
97 March 1, 1994 Shooting 1 3 New York (state) New York City, New York Brooklyn Bridge Shooting: Lebanese-born Rashid Baz ambushes and shoots up a van full of Jewish students returning from a visit with Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson. One student dies, 3 are injured. Rashid Baz
98 July 29, 1994 Shooting 2 1 Florida Pensacola, Florida Army of God member Rev. Paul Jennings Hill murders gynecologist John Britton and Britton's bodyguard James Barrett with a shotgun at close range, outside the Ladies Center clinic in Pensacola, Florida. Hill admits to the murder, is tried, convicted, and executed by lethal injection. Paul Jennings Hill
99 December 10, 1994 Bombing 1 0 New Jersey North Caldwell, New Jersey Advertising executive Thomas J. Mosser is killed by a mail bomb sent by the Unabomber (Ted Kaczynski). Mosser is the second person murdered by Kaczynski. Ted Kaczynski (Unabomber)
100 December 30, 1994 Shooting 2 5 Massachusetts Brookline, Massachusetts Anti-abortion activist John C. Salvi III shoots and kills 2 employees and injures 5 others in a rampage attack at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Brookline, Massachusetts. Salvi escapes and drives to Norfolk, Virginia, where Army of God (United States) spokesman Rev. Donald Spitz resides. John C. Salvi III
101 December 31, 1994 Shooting 0 0 Virginia Norfolk, Virginia Salvi attacks the Planned Parenthood clinic in Norfolk, Virginia. A security guard returns fire and Salvi flees. Salvi is apprehended shortly after, and has in his possession Army of God (United States) spokesman Donald Spitz's name and unlisted telephone number. John C. Salvi III
102 April 19, 1995 Truck bombing 168 680+ Oklahoma Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Oklahoma City bombing: Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols park a truck bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma which explodes, killing 168 people, including 19 children. McVeigh and Terry Nichols are convicted in the bombing, motivated by their outrage over the FBI's handling of the Waco Siege. Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols
103 April 24, 1995 Bombing 1 0 California Sacramento, California Timber industry lobbyist Gilbert P. Murray, is killed in the third and final mailbomb attack by the Unabomber. Ted Kaczynski (Unabomber)
104 July 27, 1996 Bombing 1 111 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta, Georgia Centennial Olympic Park bombing: Army of God member and adherent of the anti-Semitic and racist Christian Identity movement Eric Robert Rudolph places a three pipe bombs in a backpack, which he leaves in busy Centennial Olympic Park. The bomb is discovered by security guard Richard Jewell who raises an alert. One person is killed and 111 others are wounded in the explosion. Rudolph escapes and becomes a fugitive for 10 years. Rudolph's bomb is intended to force the cancellation of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia due to his outrage over legal abortion. Eric Robert Rudolph
105 January 16, 1997 Bombing 0 6 Georgia (U.S. state) Sandy Springs, Georgia Army of God member Eric Robert Rudolph bombs a women's health clinic in Sandy Springs, Georgia. There are two bombs; the first meant to kill people inside the clinic, the second bomb placed in the parking lot and time-delayed to kill first-responders. No one was harmed by the first bomb, but six people were injured by the second.[75] Eric Robert Rudolph
106 February 21, 1997 Bombing 0 5 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta, Georgia Army of God member Eric Robert Rudolph bombs the Otherside Lounge, a gay bar in Atlanta, Georgia. There are two bombs; the first left on the outdoor patio, the second bomb left in the parking lot, time-delayed to kill first-responders. The initial explosion injures five, the second bomb is discovered and disposed of by the police bomb squad. Rudolph's motive for this bombing was his outrage over the existence of homosexuality.[76] Eric Robert Rudolph
107 February 23, 1997 Shooting 1 (+1) 6 New York (state) New York City, New York 1997 Empire State Building shooting: Palestinian Ali Hassan Abu Kamal, opens fire on tourists from an observation deck atop the Empire State Building. He shoots 7 people, killing 1. He then kills himself.[77] Ali Hassan Abu Kamal
108 July 31, 1997 Police raid, planned suicide bombings 0 3 New York (state) New York City, New York 1997 Brooklyn bombing plot: Two Palestinian illegal immigrants are shot and arrested in a police raid that found two pipe bombs in a Brooklyn apartment. The bombs had been planned for suicide attacks in the New York City Subway the same day, and Gazi Ibrahim Abu Mezer was sentenced to life for the plot.[78][79][80] Gazi Ibrahim Abu Mezer
109 January 29, 1998 Bombing 1 1 Alabama Birmingham, Alabama Army of God (United States) member Eric Robert Rudolph bombs a women's clinic in Birmingham, Alabama, killing 1 and critically injuring another. Eric Robert Rudolph
110 June 7, 1998 Murder 1 0 TexasJasper, Texas Three white men drag James Byrd Jr. to his death behind their truck and leave his body in front of an African-American church. Shawn Berry, Lawrence Russell Brewer, John King
111 June 18, 1999 Arson 0 0 California Sacramento, California Brothers Matthew and Tyler Williams, inspired by the Christian Identity movement and anti-Semitic literature, set fires to Congregation B'nai Israel, Congregation Beth Shalom, and Knesset Israel Torah Center in Sacramento, California. The fires cause more than $1 million in damage.[81][82] Matthew and Tyler Williams
112 July 1, 1999 Shooting 2 0 California Happy Valley, California Murders of Gary Matson and Winfield Mowder: The Williams brothers murder gay couple Gary Matson and Winfield Mowder in Happy Valley, California. Matthew and Tyler Williams
113 July 2, 1999 Arson 0 0 California Sacramento, California The Williams brothers set fire to the Country Club Medical Building in Sacramento County, California, which houses an abortion clinic.[83] Matthew and Tyler Williams
114 July 2–4, 1999: Shootings 2 (+1) 9 Illinois/Indiana Illinois and Indiana Neo-Nazi World Church of the Creator/Creativity member Benjamin Nathaniel Smith goes on a two-state shooting spree in Indiana and Illinois. Starting on July 2, Smith wounds nine Orthodox Jews in drive-by shootings in Chicago. Smith then shoots and kills former college basketball coach Ricky Byrdsong, an African-American man, in Skokie, Illinois. On July 3, Smith travels to Decatur, where he wounds an African-American minister. On July 4, he kills Won-Joon Yoon, a 26-year-old Korean graduate student, in Bloomington, Indiana. Along his route, he shoots at and misses another nine people. He kills himself in a chase with police on July 4. Benjamin Nathaniel Smith
115 August 10, 1999 Shootings 1 5 California Los Angeles, California Los Angeles Jewish Community Center shooting: Neo-Nazi Aryan Nations member Buford O. Furrow Jr., armed with an Uzi-type sub-machine gun, walks into the lobby of the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills, California and begins spraying bullets, wounding five. Furrow then flees, later killing Filipino-American postal worker Joseph Ileto for being a minority and a federal employee.[84] Furrow surrendered himself to the FBI, and pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty. Buford O. Furrow Jr (Aryan Nations)
116 December 31, 1999 Arson 0 0 Michigan East Lansing, Michigan Four members of the Earth Liberation Front start a fire in Michigan State University's Agriculture Hall causing $1 million in damage.[85][86] Earth Liberation Front


# Date Type Dead Injured Location(s) Details Perpetrator
117 October 10, 2000 Firebombing 0 0 New York (state) New York City, New York 2000 New York terror attack: Three young men of Arab descent hurled crude Molotov cocktails at a synagogue in The Bronx, New York to "strike a blow in the Middle East conflict between Israel and Palestine".[69] Mazin Assi and co-conspirators
118 October 13, 2000 Firebombing 0 0 New York (state) Syracuse, New York Firebombing of Temple Beth El (Syracuse) Ramsi Uthman
119 May 21, 2001 Firebombing 0 0 Washington (state) Seattle, Washington University of Washington firebombing incident: The Center for Urban Horticulture at the University of Washington is burned by the Earth Liberation Front. The replacement building costs $7 million ($10,231,000 today). Earth Liberation Front members pled guilty.[87][88] Earth Liberation Front
120 September 11, 2001 Aircraft hijackings, suicide attacks 2,977 (+19) 6,000+ New York (state) New York City, New York
Virginia Arlington County, Virginia
Pennsylvania Shanksville, Pennsylvania
September 11 attacks: Aircraft hijackings and suicide attacks carried out against the United States by the al-Qaeda Network, killing 2,507 civilians, 343 firefighters, 72 law enforcement officers, 55 military personnel, and 19 perpetrators. Four domestic commercial airliners were hijacked simultaneously while flying within the Northeastern United States; two flew directly into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, the third into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, and the fourth (thanks to the revolt by the passengers and crew members) into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, during a failed attempt to destroy its intended target in Washington, D.C., either the White House or the United States Capitol. The Twin Towers collapsed, and the Pentagon received extensive damage in the western side of the building. Building 7 of the World Trade Center was also destroyed in the attack, though there were no casualties. al-Qaeda
121 December 12, 2001 Attempted Bombing 0 0 CaliforniaCulver City, California 2001 JDL plot in California: Jewish Defense League leader Irv Rubin and member Earl Krugel were charged with planning a series of bomb attacks against the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Los Angeles, the King Fahd Mosque in Culver City, and the San Clemente office of Arab-American Congressman Darrell Issa, in the wake of the September 11 attacks.[89] Jewish Defense League
122 September 18 – November 2001 Bioterrorism 5 17  United States 2001 anthrax attacks: Letters tainted with anthrax killed five across the U.S., with politicians and media officials as the apparent targets. On July 31, 2008, Bruce E. Ivins, a top biodefense researcher, committed suicide.[90] On August 6, 2008, the FBI concluded that Ivins was solely responsible for the attacks, and suggested that Ivins wanted to bolster support for a vaccine he helped create and that he targeted two lawmakers because they were Catholics who held pro-choice views.[91] However, subsequent evaluations have found that the FBI's investigation failed to provide any direct evidence linking Ivins to the mailings.[92] Unknown, Bruce Edward Ivins named as perpetrator by FBI
123 December 22, 2001 Bombing 0 1 Florida Miami, Florida 2001 failed shoe bomb attempt: An al-Qaeda operative attempted to detonate a bomb concealed in his shoes while on board a plane from Paris to Miami. He failed to detonate it and was apprehended by passengers and crew.[93] Richard Reid
124 May 8, 2002 Dirty Bomb 0 0 Illinois Chicago, Illinois Abdullah al-Muhajir was arrested for planning to use a radiological bomb.[94] Abdullah al-Muhajir
125 July 4, 2002 Shooting 2 (+1) 4 California Los Angeles, California 2002 Los Angeles International Airport shooting: Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, a 41-year-old Egyptian national, killed two Israelis and wounds four others at the El Al ticket counter at Los Angeles International Airport.[95] The FBI concluded this was terrorism, though they did not find evidence linking Hadayet to a terrorist group.[96] Hesham Mohamed Hadayet
126 February 16, 2002 – October 24, 2002 Shootings 17 10 Maryland Montgomery County, Maryland
Virginia Beltway, Virginia
Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C.
Beltway sniper attacks: During three weeks in October 2002, John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo shot and killed 10 people and critically injured three others in the cities of Washington D.C., Baltimore, Maryland and the state of Virginia. The pair were also suspected of earlier shootings in Maryland, Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, and Washington. At the 2006 trial of Muhammad, Malvo testified that the aim of the killing spree was to kidnap children for the purpose of extorting money from the government, even though no one was kidnapped.[97] John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo
127 March 19, 2003 Sabotage 0 0 New York (state) New York City, New York Iyman Faris was arrested for plotting to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge.[98] Iyman Faris
128 August 2003 Shootings 3 0  West Virginia 2003 West Virginia sniper: Three people were killed in a series of sniper shootings in West Virginia. Shawn Lester was arrested and convicted for the shootings in 2011. Shawn Lester
129 December 8, 2003 Shootout 2 0 (+1) South Carolina Abbeville, South Carolina 2003 Abbeville right-of-way standoff: Two police officers were killed in a shootout with three "sovereign citizens". Arthur, Rita and Steven Bixby
130 March 3, 2006 Vehicle assault 0 9 North Carolina Chapel Hill, North Carolina UNC SUV attack: Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar injured 9 when he drove an SUV into a group of pedestrians at UNC-Chapel Hill to "avenge the deaths or murders of Muslims around the world".[99] Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar
131 March 25, 2006 Shooting 6 (+1) 2 Washington (state) Seattle, Washington Capitol Hill massacre: Kyle Aaron Huff entered a rave afterparty in the southeast part of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood and opened fire, killing six and wounding two. He then killed himself as he was being confronted by police on the front porch of 2112 E. Republican Street.[100] Kyle Aaron Huff
132 July 28, 2006 Shooting, hostage taking 1 5 Washington (state) Seattle, Washington Seattle Jewish Federation shooting: Naveed Afzal Haq, an American citizen of Pakistani descent, killed one woman and shoots five others at the Jewish Federation building in Seattle. During the shooting, Haq told a 911 dispatcher that he was angry with American foreign policy in the Middle East.[101] Naveed Afzal Haq
133 October 26, 2007 Bombing 0 0 New York (state) New York City, New York A pair of improvised explosive devices were thrown at the Mexican Consulate in New York City. The fake grenades were filled with black powder, and detonated by fuses, causing very minor damage. Police were investigating the connection between this and a similar attack against the British Consulate in New York in 2005.[102] Unknown
134 March 3, 2008 Arson 0 0 Washington (state) Woodinville, Washington Street of Dreams arson fires: Four luxury woodland houses near Woodinville, Washington were torched, leaving behind a message crediting the Earth Liberation Front.[103] Earth Liberation Front
135 March 6, 2008 Bombing 0 0 New York (state) New York City, New York Times Square bombing: A homemade bomb damaged an Armed Forces Recruiting Office in Times Square.[104] In June 2013, The FBI and New York City police offered a $65,000 reward for information in the case and revealed that ammunition used for the bomb is the same as is used in the Iraq and Afghanistan war zones.[105] On April 15, 2015, the F.B.I increased the award to $115,000 and said they have persons of interest[106] Unknown
136 May 4, 2008 Bombing 0 0 California San Diego, California Multiple pipe bombs exploded at 1:40 am at the Edward J. Schwartz United States Courthouse in San Diego causing "considerable damage" to the entrance and lobby and sending shrapnel two blocks away, but causing no injuries. The FBI is investigating links between this attack and an April 25 explosion at the FedEx building also in San Diego.[107] Rachel Lynn Carlock and Danny Love Sr.
137 July 27, 2008 Shooting 2 6 Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee Knoxville Unitarian Universalist church shooting: 58-year-old Jim David Adkisson opened fire on a Universalist church because he wanted to kill Democrats and Liberals. Jim Adkisson
138 August 24, 2008 Assassination 0 0 Colorado Denver, Colorado Barack Obama assassination plot in Denver: Three men (Cousins Tharin Gartrell, Shawn Adolf and Nathan Johnson) attempted to assassinate then Democratic 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado but were later arrested with narcotics and weapons. Cousins Tharin Gartrell, Shawn Adolf and Nathan Johnson
139 October 22, 2008 Assassination 0 0 Tennessee Brownsville, Tennessee Barack Obama assassination plot in Tennessee: Two neo-Nazi white power skinheads and members of the Supreme White Alliance (SWA) Paul Schlesselman and Daniel Cowart attempted to assassinate Barack Obama followed by a killing spree of 88 (a reference to the Nazi slogan Heil Hitler) African-Americans of which 14 (a reference to The Fourteen Words) were to be beheaded many of whom were young students at an unidentified school and rob a gun store for additional weapons and commit home robberies. The two would be arrested later with several weapons in possession. Paul Schlesselman and Daniel Cowart
140 April 8, 2009 Cyberattack, sabotage 0 0  United States According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, intruders left malware in power grids, water, and sewage systems that could be activated at a later date. While the attacks which have occurred over a period of time seem to have originated in China and Russia, it is unknown if they are state-sponsored[108] or errors in the computer code.[109][110] Unknown
141 May 25, 2009 Bombing 0 0 New York (state) New York City, New York 17-year-old Kyle Shaw set off a crude explosive device at a Starbucks at East 92nd Street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, shattering windows and destroying a bench at the coffee shop. There were no injuries. The attack was a "bizarre tribute" of the movie Fight Club, in an attempt to emulate "Project Mayhem", a series of assaults on corporate America portrayed in the film. Shaw took a plea agreement and was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison in November 2010.[111][112] Kyle Shaw
142 May 31, 2009 Assassination, shooting 1 0 Kansas Wichita, Kansas Assassination of George Tiller: Scott Roeder shoots and kills Dr. George Tiller in a Wichita, Kansas church. Roeder, an anti-abortion extremist who believes in justifiable homicide of abortion providers, was arrested soon afterward. Roeder was convicted of the crime and sentenced to 50 years in prison in 2010. Tiller, who performed late-term abortions, had long been a target of anti-abortion extremists; his clinic was firebombed in 1986 and Tiller was shot and wounded five times in 1993 in a shooting attack by Shelley Shannon.[113][114] Scott Roeder
143 June 1, 2009 Shooting 1 1 Arkansas Little Rock, Arkansas Arkansas recruiting office shooting: Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad shot and killed one military recruiter and seriously wounded another at a Little Rock, Arkansas Army/Navy Career Center in an act of Islamic extremism. Muhammad, a convert to Islam, had visited Yemen for sixteen months where he spent time in prison and became radicalized. Muhammad, said he was part of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and was upset over the U.S. Army's murder of Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan, like the Kandahar massacre and the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.[115] Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad
144 June 1, 2009 Shooting 1 1 (+1)  Washington, D.C. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum shooting: Elderly neo-Nazi, white supremacist and Holocaust denier James von Brunn, who had previously attempted to kidnap Federal Reserve employees in 1981, shot and killed a black police officer at the United States Holocaust Museum before being wounded by other officers. James Wenneker von Brunn
145 November 5, 2009 Shooting 13 32 (+1) Texas Killeen, Texas 2009 Fort Hood shooting: Nidal Malik Hasan, a US Army Major serving as a Psychiatrist, opens fire at Fort Hood, Texas, killing 13 and wounding 29. On August 23, 2013 Hasan was convicted by a Military tribunal. Hasan acted as his own attorney and took responsibility for the attack saying his motive was jihad to fight "illegal and immoral aggression against Muslims".[116] On August 28, Hasan was sentenced to death.[117] Nidal Malik Hasan
146 December 25, 2009 Bombing 0 2 (+1) Michigan Detroit, Michigan Northwest Airlines Flight 253: Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to blow up Northwest Airlines flight 253 using plastic explosives sewn into his underwear while en route from Amsterdam to Detroit. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab


# Date Type Dead Injured Location(s) Details Perpetrator
147 February 18, 2010 Suicide attack 1 (+1) 13 Texas Austin, Texas Austin suicide attack: Andrew Joseph Stack III, flying his single engine plane, flew into the Austin, Texas IRS building; killing himself and one IRS employee and injuring 13 others. Stack left a suicide note online, comparing the IRS to Big Brother from the novel 1984. Joe Stack
148 March 4, 2010 Shooting 0 (+1) 2 Virginia Arlington County, Virginia 2010 Pentagon shooting: John Patrick Bedell shot and wounded two Pentagon police officers at a security checkpoint in the Pentagon station of the Washington Metro rapid transit system in Arlington County, Virginia. John Patrick Bedell
149 May 1, 2010 Bombing 0 0 New York (state) New York City 2010 Times Square car bombing attempt: Faisal Shahzad ignited an explosive in Times Square. The bomb failed to go off, and he was later arrested on a flight leaving for Dubai.[118] Sentenced to life in prison on October 5, 2010 after pleading guilty to a 10-count indictment in June, including attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.[119] Faisal Shahzad
150 May 20, 2010 Shooting 2 (+2) 2 Arkansas West Memphis, Arkansas 2010 West Memphis police shootings: Two West Memphis police officers were killed by a father and son who supported the sovereign citizen movement during a traffic stop. The suspects were later killed by other officers. Jerry and Joseph Kane
151 September 1, 2010 Hostage taking 0 (+1) 0 Maryland Silver Spring, Maryland Discovery Communications headquarters hostage crisis: James J. Lee, armed with two starter pistols and an explosive device, takes three people hostage in the lobby of the Discovery Communications headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland before being killed by police. After nearly four hours, Lee was shot dead by police and all the hostages were freed without injury. Lee had earlier posted a manifesto railing against population growth and immigration.[120][121] James J. Lee
152 October 2010 Bombing 0 0  Virginia Farooque Ahmed conspired with law enforcement officials posing as al-Qaeda to bomb Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon City subway station, Crystal City subway station, and Court House subway station.[122] Farooque Ahmed
153 October 29, 2010 Bombing 0 0 Illinois Chicago, Illinois Cargo planes bomb plot: Two plastic explosive bombs were discovered on two cargo planes destined for two synagogues in Chicago. They were discovered at East Midlands Airport and Dubai International Airport while en route.[123] al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
154 October 17, 2010 – November 2, 2010 Bombing and Shooting 0 0  Virginia Northern Virginia military shootings: A series of shootings took place at the five military buildings including the National Museum of the Marine Corps and the Pentagon. The perpetrator also attempted to bomb and damage Arlington National Cemetery.[124] Yonathan Melaku
155 November 25, 2010 Bombing 0 0 Oregon Portland, Oregon 2010 Portland car bomb plot: Mohamed Osman Mohamud attempted to detonate what he thought was a car bomb at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony.[125] Mohamed Osman Mohamud
156 January 17, 2011 Attempted Bombing 0 0 Washington (state) Spokane, Washington Spokane bombing attempt: A radio-controlled-shaped pipe bomb was found and defused in Spokane, Washington along the route of that year's Martin Luther King Jr. memorial march.

On March 9, 2011, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested Kevin William Harpham, 36, of Addy, Washington. On December 20, 2011 he was sentenced to 32 years in prison for the attempted bombing.[126]

Kevin William Harpham
157 May 25, 2011 Bombing 0 0 Kentucky Bowling Green, Kentucky Two Iraqi immigrants were arrested for sending money and weapons to Iraq while residing in Bowling Green, Kentucky, as well as participating in attacks while in Iraq and plotting to kill American soldiers on their return.[127] Mohanad Shareef Hammadi and Waad Ramadan Alwan
158 December 6, 2011 Shooting 2 0 Georgia (U.S. state) Fort Stewart, Georgia Killing of Michael Roark and Tiffany York: 19-year-old Michael Roark and his girlfriend, 17-year-old Tiffany York members of the terrorist organization FEAR were found by two fishermen near a rural road in southeastern Georgia. It was believed that Roark was killed for his part in giving information to Fort Bliss authorities in El Paso.[citation needed] FEAR
159 August 5, 2012 Shooting 6 (+1) 4 Wisconsin Oak Creek, Wisconsin Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting: Six people were killed and three others were injured, including a police officer who was tending to victims at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The gunman, 40-year-old Wade Michael Page a neo-Nazi white power skinhead and member of the Hammerskin Nation/Hammerskins, killed himself after being shot by police.[128] The shooting is being treated by authorities as an act of domestic terrorism.[129][130] While a motive has not been clearly defined, Page had been active in white supremacist groups.[128] Wade Michael Page
160 August 15, 2012 Shooting 0 1 Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. On August 15, 2012, Floyd Lee Corkins II, wielding a 9mm pistol along with two magazines and 50 rounds of ammunition, entered the lobby of Family Research Council's Washington, D.C. headquarters.[131] Corkins shot an employee, 46-year-old Leonardo Johnson, in the left arm.[132][133][134] While injured, Johnson assisted others who wrestled the gunman to the ground until police arrived and placed the gunman under arrest.[135][136] Johnson was taken to a hospital to treat his wound.[137] Corkins committed the shooting because of the Family Research Council's opposition to same-sex marriage.[138] Floyd Lee Corkins II
161 February 3–12, 2013 Shootings 4 (+1) 6  California Christopher Dorner shootings and manhunt: Former LAPD officer Chris Dorner goes on a killing spree targeting police officers and their families throughout Southern California. Dorner was eventually killed in a shootout and fire in Big Bear Lake, California. Dorner stated he committed the shootings in response to police brutality. Chris Dorner
162 April 15, 2013 Bombings, shootout 4 (+1) 280 (+1) Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts Boston Marathon bombing: Two bombs detonated within seconds of each other near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing 3 and injuring more than 180 people.[139][140] On the evening of April 18 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, an MIT campus police officer was shot and killed while sitting in his squad car. Two suspects then carjacked an SUV and fled to nearby Watertown, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. A massive police chase ensued, resulting in a shootout during which several IED's were thrown by the suspects. A Boston transit police officer was critically wounded and suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a Russian immigrant of Chechen ethnicity, was killed. The second suspect, Tsarnaev's younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, escaped. A "Shelter in place" order was given for Boston, Watertown, and surrounding areas while house-to-house searches were conducted, but the suspect remained at large. Shortly after the search was called off Tsarnaev was discovered hiding inside a boat parked near the scene of the shootout. He was taken into custody after another exchange of gunfire, treated for injuries received during his pursuit and capture, and arraigned on federal terrorism charges.[141][142][143][144] Preliminary questioning indicated the Tsarnaev brothers had no ties to terrorist organizations.[145] A note written by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the boat where he was captured said the bombings were retaliation for US actions in Iraq and Afghanistan against Muslims.[146] On April 8, 2015, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty on all 30 counts related to the bombing and shootout with police.[147] On May 15, 2015, Tsarnaev was sentenced to death.[148] Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev
163 April 16, 2013 Bioterrorism 0 0  Washington, D.C. April 2013 ricin letters: Two letters, sent to Mississippi Republican Senator Roger Wicker and president Barack Obama, were tested positive for ricin. Each letter contained the message "I am KC and I approve this message". On April 27, 2013, a man named Everett Dutschke was arrested. Evertt Dutschke
April 16, 2013 Shooting 0 0  California Metcalf sniper attack: Multiple gunmen damage electrical transformers at Pacific Gas and Electric Company's Metcalf Transmission Substation in Coyote, California. The attack caused $15 million in damage but no perpetrators were ever identified. Unknown
164 November 1, 2013 Shooting 1 6 (+1) California Los Angeles, California 2013 Los Angeles International Airport shooting: Paul Anthony Ciancia entered the checkpoint at the Los Angeles International Airport and fired his rifle, killing one Transportation Security Administration officer and injuring six others. The motivation behind the attack was Paul's inspiration of the anti-government agenda, such as believing in the New World Order conspiracy theory, and stating that he "wanted to kill TSA" and described them as "pigs". Paul Anthony Ciancia
165 December 13, 2013 Bombing attempt 0 0 Kansas Wichita, Kansas 2013 Wichita bombing attempt: 58-year-old avionics technician, identified as Terry Lee Loewen, was arrested on December 13, 2013, for attempting a suicide bombing at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, where he was employed. Loewen became radicalized after reading extremist Islamic material on the Internet. He was arrested while driving a vehicle into the airport with what he believed to be an active explosive device. Later sentenced to 20 years in Federal prison.[149] Terry Lee Loewen
166 April 13, 2014 Shootings 3 0 Kansas Overland Park, Kansas Overland Park Jewish Community Center shooting: A pair of shootings committed by a lone gunman occurred at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and Village Shalom, a Jewish retirement community, in Overland Park, Kansas. A total of three people died in the shootings. One suspect, identified as Frazier Glenn Miller, Jr., a former member of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and its offshoot the White Patriot Party and a neo-Nazi Odinist pagan, was arrested and charged with capital murder, first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and aggravated assault. Frazier Glenn Miller, Jr.
167 April 27, 2014 Shootings 1 0 Washington (state) Seattle, Washington Ali Muhammad Brown shot and killed a man who was walking home from a store. This killing was part of a series of terrorism related killings in the states of Washington and New Jersey.[150] Ali Muhammad Brown
168 June 1, 2014 Shootings 2 0 Washington (state) Seattle, Washington Ali Muhammad Brown shot and killed two men outside a Seattle gay nightclub. These killings were part of a series of terrorism related killings in the states of Washington and New Jersey.[150] Ali Muhammad Brown
169 June 8, 2014 Shooting 3 (+2) 0 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada 2014 Las Vegas shootings: Two police officers and one civilian died in a shooting spree in the Las Vegas Valley committed by a couple, identified as Jerad and Amanda Miller, who espoused anti-government views and were reportedly inspired by the outcome of the Bundy standoff. The Millers both died during a gunfight with responding police; Jerad Miller was fatally shot by officers, while Amanda Miller committed suicide after being wounded. Jerad and Amanda Miller
170 June 25, 2014 Shootings 1 0 New Jersey West Orange, New Jersey Ali Muhammad Brown shot and killed a man who was driving home from college while stopped at a traffic light. This killing was part of a series of terrorism related killings in the states of Washington and New Jersey.[150] Ali Muhammad Brown
171 September 12, 2014 Shooting 1 1 Pennsylvania Blooming Grove, Pennsylvania 2014 Pennsylvania State Police barracks attack: Two Pennsylvania State Policeman are shot in a sniper attack nearby a police barracks, one dies. Eric Frein is arrested for the shooting after a 48-day manhunt. Eric Frein
172 September 24, 2014 Stabbing 1 1 (+1) Oklahoma Moore, Oklahoma Vaughan Foods beheading incident: Alton Alexander Nolen aka "Jah'Keem Yisrael" attacked two employees at Vaughan Foods, beheading one and stabbing the other before being shot and injured by Vaughan Foods' Chief Operating Officer.[citation needed] Alton Alexander Nolen

"Jah'Keem Yisrael"

173 October 23, 2014 Melee attack 0 (+1) 3 New York (state) New York City, New York 2014 New York City hatchet attack: Zale Thompson injured two New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers, once critically at a Queens, New York City shopping district by striking them with a hatchet. Four officers were posing for a photograph when Thompson charged them. The police opened fire killing Thompson and injuring a civilian. Thompson, who converted to Islam 2 years before the attack, posted "anti-government, anti-Western, anti-white" messages online.[151] Zale Thompson
174 December 2014 Cyberattack 0 0  United States "The Guardians of Peace" linked by the United States to North Korea launched a cyber attack against SONY pictures. Embarrassing private emails were published and the organization threatened attacks against theaters that showed The Interview, a satire which depicted the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Following the refusal of theater chains to show the movie, SONY Pictures withdrew release of the movie, a decision that was criticized by President Obama and others. Obama said the USA will respond. North Korea denied responsibility for the attack and proposed a joint investigation with the U.S.[152][153][154] "The Guardians of Peace"
North Korea (suspected)
175 May 3, 2015 Shooting 0 (+2) 1 Texas Garland, Texas Curtis Culwell Center attack: Two gunmen opened fire outside the Curtis Culwell Center during an art exhibit hosted by an anti-Muslim group called the American Freedom Defense Initiative in Garland, Texas. The center was hosting a contest for cartoons depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad. Both gunmen were killed by police. A Garland Independent School District (ISD) police officer was injured by a shot to the ankle but survived. The attackers, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, were motivated by the Charlie Hebdo shooting in France and the 2015 Copenhagen shooting in Denmark earlier in the year. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility for the attack through a Twitter post.[155] Elton Simpson, Nadir Hamid Soofi, and Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem
176 June 2, 2015 Stabbing 0 (+1) 0 Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts Police investigating a planned Islamic terrorist attack on police confronted Usaama Rahim to question him. He pulled out a military knife, and was eventually shot and killed by police as he approached them with the knife. David Wright was later arrested and charged with planning a terrorist attack with Usaama Rahim.[156] Usaama Rahim and David Wright
177 June 17, 2015 Shooting 9 1 South Carolina Charleston, South Carolina Charleston church shooting: Dylann Roof, a white supremacist, opened fire on Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina killing 9 African-Americans including South Carolina state senator Clementa Pinckney. Dylann Roof
178 July 16, 2015 Shootings 5 (+1) 2 Tennessee Chattanooga, Tennessee 2015 Chattanooga shootings: Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez opened fire on two military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He first committed a drive-by shooting at a recruiting center, then traveled to a naval reserve center and continued firing. He was killed by police in a gunfight. Four Marines were killed immediately, and another Marine, a Navy sailor, and a police officer were wounded; the sailor died from his injuries two days later. The motive of the shootings is currently under investigation.[157] Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez
179 November 4, 2015 Stabbing 0 (+1) 4 California Merced, California University of California, Merced stabbing attack: Faisal Mohammad, armed with a hunting knife, stabbed four people at the University of California before being shot and killed by police.[158] Faisal Mohammad
180 November 27, 2015 Shooting 3 9 Colorado Colorado Springs, Colorado Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting: Robert L. Dear, armed with a semi-automatic rifle, opened fire at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic. Two civilians and one police officer were killed, while four civilians and five police officers were wounded before the suspect surrendered. Dear told police "No more baby parts" after being taken into custody.[159] Robert Dear
181 December 2, 2015 Shooting 14 (+2) 24 California San Bernardino, California 2015 San Bernardino attack: A mass shooting occurred at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, with 14 dead and 22 injured. Two suspects, Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, fled in an SUV, but were later killed.[160][161][162][163] Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik
182 January 7, 2016 Shooting 0 1 (+1) Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania A man shot at a police officer in his cruiser multiple times, injuring him in the process. The officer returned fire injuring the assailant. The assailant later pledged allegiance to ISIL, citing it as his reason for the attack.[164] Edward Archer
183 February 11, 2016 Melee attack 0 (+1) 4 Ohio Columbus, Ohio Ohio restaurant machete attack: Four people were injured in a restaurant when a man with a machete attacked them at random. After a car chase, the assailant, who was from the West African nation of Guinea, was killed by police.[165] Mohamed Barry
184 June 12, 2016 Shooting, hostage taking 49 (+1) 53 Florida Orlando, Florida Orlando nightclub shooting: 49 people were killed and 53 were injured in a terrorist attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida by Omar Mateen, an American-born citizen with Afghan immigrant parents who was later killed.[166] In a 9-1-1 call during the attack, Mateen pledged allegiance to ISIL and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, called himself an "Islamic soldier" and referenced the Boston Marathon bombers.[167] He posted similar messages on Facebook the day of the attack.[168] Although inspired by ISIL, Mateen had no apparent actual link to any organized terrorist group, and was apparently self-radicalized via the Internet.[169] A characteristic of ISIL terrorism "is to permit anyone who so chooses to use its name to advance mutual goals, regardless of any actual ties to the group."[167] There was no evidence that Mateen targeted Pulse because it was a gay club or that he was specifically motivated by anti-LGBT hate.[170][171] Omar Mateen Micah Johnson
185 August 20, 2016 Stabbings 0 2 Virginia Roanoke, Virginia On August 20, 2016, Wasil Farooqui stabbed a man and a woman in a random attack at an apartment complex.[172] Wasil Farooqui
186 September 17, 2016 Stabbings 0 (+1) 10 Minnesota St. Cloud, Minnesota St. Cloud mall stabbing: On September 17, 2016, a mass stabbing occurred at the Crossroads Center shopping mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Ten people were injured, and the attacker was shot dead inside the mall by an off-duty law enforcement officer.[173] ISIL claimed responsibility for the attack through its Amaq media agency, claiming Adan "was a soldier of the Islamic State".[174] Dahir A. Adan
187 September 17–19, 2016 Bombings 0 34 (+1) New JerseyNew York (state) New Jersey and New York City 2016 New York and New Jersey bombings: Four bombings or bombing attempts occurred in the New York metropolitan area, specifically in Seaside Park, New Jersey; Manhattan, New York; and Elizabeth, New Jersey. Thirty-one civilians were injured in one of the bombings. Ahmad Khan Rahimi was identified as a suspect in all of the incidents and apprehended on September 19 in Linden, New Jersey, after a shootout that injured three police officers.[175] According to authorities, Rahimi was not part of a terrorist cell, but was motivated and inspired by the extremist Islamic ideology espoused by al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda chief propagandist Anwar al-Awlaki.[176] Ahmad Khan Rahimi
188 November 28, 2016 Vehicle attack, stabbing 0 (+1) 13 Ohio Columbus, Ohio Ohio State University attack: A car ramming attack and mass stabbing occurred at 9:52 a.m. EST at Ohio State University (OSU)'s Watts Hall in Columbus, Ohio. The attacker, Somali refugee Abdul Razak Ali Artan, was shot and killed by the first responding OSU police officer, and 11 people were hospitalized for injuries. According to authorities, Artan was inspired by terrorist propaganda from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.[177] Abdul Razak Ali Artan
189 March 20, 2017 Stabbing by sword 1 0 New York (state) New York City, New York Stabbing of Timothy Caughman: James Harris Jackson, 28, traveled from his home state of Maryland to New York City with the "sole purpose of stalking and killing black men for a statement-making media spectacle" according to police. On March 20 he allegedly attacked Timothy Caughman, 66, in Midtown Manhattan with a sword, killing him. Jackson was allegedly a reader of the infamous neo-Nazi, alt-right website The Daily Stormer.[178] James Harris Jackson
190 May 26, 2017 Stabbing 2 1 Oregon Portland, Oregon 2017 Portland train attack: Jeremy Joseph Christian fatally stabbed two people and injured a third on a MAX Light Rail train, after he was confronted for directing what the Portland Police Bureau's report later said "would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions" at two women on a Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) light-rail train. A witness reported that Christian used anti-Muslim slurs and "was screaming that he was a taxpayer, that colored people were ruining the city, and he had First Amendment rights".[179] Jeremy Joseph Christian
191 June 14, 2017 Shooting (1) 6 Virginia Alexandria, Virginia Congressional baseball shooting: During a practice session for a charity baseball game involving 24 Republican members of Congress, James Hodgkinson a Bernie Sanders supporter and a registered Democrat opened fire, shooting and injuring six people. The Virginia Attorney General concluded it was "an act of terrorism...fueled by rage against Republican legislators".[180] James Hodgkinson
192 August 5, 2017 Bombing 0 0 Minnesota Bloomington, Minnesota On August 5, 2017, an explosive device shattered windows and damaged an office at the mosque, which primarily serves people from the area's large Somali community.[181] Michael McWhorter and Joe Morris
193 August 12, 2017 Vehicle-ramming attack 1 28 Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia Charlottesville car attack: On August 12, 2017, James Alex Fields Jr. a member of the neo-Nazi group Vanguard America intentionally drove his car into a group of counter-demonstrators at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia killing a woman named Heather Heyer in the process. The Charlottesville mayor called it "an act of domestic terrorism".[182] James Alex Fields Jr.
194 September 24, 2017 Shooting 1 7 (+1) Tennessee Antioch, Tennessee The Burnette Chapel shooting occurred On September 24, 2017, a gunman opened fire at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee, part of the Greater Nashville Area, killing one person and injuring seven others. The perpetrator was targeting White American churchgoers and was prompted by the Charleston church shooting two years ago in 2015. Emanuel Kidega Samson
195 October 31, 2017 Vehicle-ramming attack 8 11 (+1) New York (state) New York City, New York 2017 New York City truck attack: On October 31, 2017, an ISIS-inspired man drove a rented Home Depot flatbed pickup truck in a vehicle-ramming attack on cyclists and runners along 1 mile (1.6 km) of a bike path alongside West Street in Lower Manhattan, killing eight people and injuring at least 11 others. The attack took place several blocks north of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Authorities found a note near the truck used in the incident which claimed that the attack by the 29-year-old was made in the name of ISIS.[183] Sayfullo Saipov
196 January 10, 2018 Assassination 1 0 California Orange County, California Murder of Blaze Bernstein: A 19 year old gay Jewish University of Pennsylvania student named Blaze Bernstein was murdered by Samuel Woodward a former classmate and member of the neo-Nazi terrorist organization Atomwaffen Division. Samuel Woodward
197 October 22 – November 1, 2018 Bombing 0 0 United States Several states October 2018 United States mail bombing attempts: In late October 2018, at least 12 packages containing pipe bombs were mailed within the U.S. Postal Service system to several prominent critics of U.S. President Donald Trump, including various Democratic Party politicians (Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Eric Holder, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Maxine Waters, Cory Booker), actor Robert De Niro, billionaire investor George Soros, former CIA Director John O. Brennan, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Cesar Sayoc Jr.
198 October 24, 2018 Shooting 2 0 Kentucky Jeffersontown, Kentucky Jeffersontown Kroger shooting: Gregory A. Bush Killed two African-Americans outside a Kroger grocery store. He also got into a shootout with armed civilian bystanders. Gregory A. Bush
199 October 27, 2018 Shooting 11 6 (+1) Pennsylvania Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh synagogue shooting: Robert Bowers committed a mass shooting at the Tree of Life – Or L'Simcha Congregation in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 27, 2018, while Shabbat morning services were being held. Eleven people were killed and seven were injured. It was the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the United States. Robert Bowers
200 March 24, 2019 Arson 0 0 California Escondido, California California mosque fire: The Dar-ul-Arqam mosque's parking lot was broken into at around 3:15 AM, with the arsonist using a flammable liquid to catch the mosque on fire. Seven people inside the mosque woke up and put out the fire with a fire extinguisher, with no injuries and no major damage. The arsonist left behind graffiti referencing the Christchurch mosque shootings in New Zealand. The gunman who committed the Poway synagogue shooting claimed responsibility for the arson attack in a manifesto. John T. Earnest
201 April 27, 2019 Shooting 1 3 California Poway, California Poway synagogue shooting: John T. Earnest, an armed gunman motivated by antisemitism, his belief in the white genocide conspiracy theory, and inspiration by the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, and the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, entered the Chabad of Poway synagogue during Sabbath services and opened fire, killing one and injuring three before fleeing. He was quickly apprehended.
202 July 13, 2019 Shooting and bombing 0 (+1) 0 Washington (state) Tacoma, Washington 2019 Tacoma attack: Willem van Spronsen attacked a Ice facility with guns and fire bombs, he burned a car and was killed when he attempted to light a propane tank on fire. His friends described him as an anarchist and anti-fascist. Willem van Spronsen
203 August 3, 2019 Shooting 23 23 Texas El Paso, Texas 2019 El Paso shooting: Patrick Crusius of Allen, Texas, an armed gunman inspired by the Christchurch mosque shootings and beliefs in the Great Replacement conspiracy theory and a supposed "Hispanic invasion of Texas", attacked a Walmart store, killing 23 people and injuring 23 others. Patrick Crusius
204 December 6, 2019 Shooting 3 8 (+1) Florida Pensacola, Florida Naval Air Station Pensacola shooting: A Saudi aviation student killed three U.S. Navy sailors and wounded eight others after opening fire at the Naval Air Station Pensacola. The attack, motivated by a jihadist ideology, was directed by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leaders. al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
205 December 10, 2019 Shooting 4 (+2) 0 New Jersey Jersey City 2019 Jersey City shooting: Two people, David Anderson and Francine Graham, members of the Black Hebrew Israelites, killed a police officer in a cemetery. They then attacked a kosher grocery store, killing three. The attack was ended with a prolonged gun battle with police, ending in the death of the two suspects. David Anderson and Francine Graham


# Date Type Dead Injured Location(s) Details Perpetrator
206 May 29 – June 6, 2020 Shooting and bombing 2 3 (+1) California Oakland, California and Ben Lomond, California 2020 boogaloo killings: Two men, Steven Carrillo and Robert Justus were accused of two "ambush-style" attacks on police. The assailants in the first attack used pipe bombs and homemade guns, killing two. In the second attack assailants were involved in a shootout with police. Steven Carrillo and Robert Justus
207 August 29, 2020 Shooting 1 0 Oregon Portland, Oregon and Washington (state) Lacey, Washington Killings of Aaron Danielson and Michael Reinoehl: Aaron Danielson, a supporter of the far-right group Patriot Prayer,[184][185] was shot and killed by Michael Reinoehla a far-left[186][187] anti-fascist activist[188] and antifa supporter,[189][190][191][192] after participating in a pro-Trump caravan which drove through Portland, Oregon[189][188] and clashing with participants in the local George Floyd protests.[189][193] Later on September 3, 2020, Michael Reinoehl was killed in an exchange of gunfire with officers.[194][195] Michael Reinoeh

Attacks by type

Anti-abortion violence

Since 1997 there have been 8 murders, 17 attempted murders, 42 bombings, and 186 arson attacks aimed at abortion clinics and multiple providers across the US. In some cases small groups of clinics have been attacked multiple times.[196]

  • 1993: David Gunn was murdered by anti-abortion activist Michael F. Griffin
  • 1994: Abortion provider John Britton and James Barrett (both killed) and his wife June (shot but not killed) became victims of Reverend Paul Jennings Hill.
  • 1996–98: anti-abortion extremist Eric Rudolph cited biblical passages as his motivation for a series of bombings, including Atlanta's Olympic Centennial Park, a Lesbian bar, and several abortion clinics. Rudolph acknowledges his attacks were religiously motivated, but denies that his brief association with the racist Christian Identity movement was a motivation for his attacks.
  • 1996: Dr. Calvin Jackson of New Orleans, Louisiana was stabbed 15 times, losing 4 pints of blood. Donald Cooper was charged with second degree attempted murder and was sentenced to 20 years. "Donald Cooper's Day of Violence", by Kara Lowentheil, Choice! Magazine, December 21, 2004
  • 1998: James Kopp killed at least one and went on a series of anti-abortion shooting sprees, both in the U.S. and Canada.
  • 2006: David McMenemy of Rochester Hills, Michigan, crashed his car into the Edgerton Women's Care Center in Davenport, Iowa. He then doused the lobby in gasoline and started a fire. McMenemy committed these acts in the belief that the center was performing abortions; however, Edgerton is not an abortion clinic. Time magazine listed the incident in a "Top 10 Inept Terrorist Plots" list.
  • 2009: Anti-abortion activist Scott Roeder killed George Tiller in Kansas.[197]
  • 2015: Robert Lewis Dear killed three people in a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado. At his court hearings Dear declared himself a "warrior for the babies".[198]


Environmental terrorism

Islamist extremism

  • September 11 attacks, 2001
    • (New York City): Hijackers steer two planes packed with fuel and passengers into the World Trade Center, killing hundreds on impact and eventually killing 2,606 when the towers collapsed. More than 6,000 people were injured.
    • (Washington, DC): Nearly 200 people are killed when hijackers steer a plane full of people into the Pentagon.
    • (Shanksville, PA): Forty passengers are killed after hijackers attempt to steer a plane into the U.S. Capitol building.
  • June 1, 2009 Little Rock recruiting office shooting, (Little Rock, AR): A Man shoots a local soldier to death inside a recruiting center explicitly in the name of Allah.
  • November 5, 2009 Fort Hood shooting, Ft. Hood, Texas: A Muslim psychiatrist guns down thirteen unarmed soldiers while yelling praises to Allah.
  • April 15, 2013 – Boston Marathon bombing (Boston, MA): Foreign-born Muslims detonate two bombs packed with ball bearings at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and causing several more to lose limbs.
  • September 25, 2014 – Vaughan Foods beheading incident, (Moore, OK): A Sharia advocate beheads a woman after calling for Islamic terror and posting an Islamist beheading photo.
  • July 16, 2015 Chattanooga shootings, Chattanooga, Tennessee: A Muslim commits a shooting spree at a recruiting center at a strip mall and a naval center, leaving five soldiers dead at the latter location.
  • November 4, 2015 – University of California, Merced stabbing attack by Islamist extremist
  • December 2, 2015 San Bernardino attack, San Bernardino, California: A couple opens fire at a Christmas party, leaving fourteen dead.
  • January 7, 2016 - Shooting of Jesse Hartnett, Philadelphia police officer Jesse Hartnett is ambushed by a gunman who later pledged allegiance to ISIS.
  • February 11, 2016 – Ohio restaurant machete attack by Islamist extremist
  • June 12, 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting, Orlando, Florida: Omar Mateen shoots and kills 49 people and injures 58 more at a gay bar, the largest mass shooting in U.S. history at the time.
  • November 28, 2016 – Ohio State University attack, Columbus, Ohio: A Somalian student, Abdul Artan, who came to the U.S. as a refugee, intentionally rammed a car into pedestrians on a busy campus sidewalk on Monday morning and then began slashing passers-by with a butcher knife, the authorities said, injuring 11 students and faculty and staff members.
  • October 31, 2017 – 2017 New York City truck attack, New York City: 29-year-old Sayfullo Habibullaevich Saipov rented a Home Depot pickup truck and intentionally drove it through a bicycle path. He crashed into a school bus and then exited the vehicle wielding look-a-like weapons. He was shot by NYPD. 8 people were killed and 12 were injured.
  • December 6, 2019 - Naval Air Station Pensacola shooting, Pensacola, Florida: A second lieutenant of the Saudi Royal Air Force training at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola opened fire in one of the classroom buildings killing 3 and wounding 8 others before being shot dead by responding police officers.
  • May 21, 2020 - Corpus Christi, Texas: At the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Adam Alsahi crashed through a northern perimeter gate at NAS Corpus Christi, activating vehicle barriers. The driver then got out and opened fire before being shot and killed. A Navy police officer was shot but was protected by a ballistic vest. Alsahi had expressed support for terrorist networks including ISIS. The FBI announced the incident as terrorism-related.[211]

Left-wing and anti-government extremism

Palestinian and anti-Israel militancy

Puerto Rican nationalism

Right-wing and anti-government extremism

White nationalism/White supremacy

Organized KKK violence

George W. Ashburn assassinated for his pro-black sentiments.
George W. Ashburn assassinated for his pro-black sentiments.
Date Type Dead Injured Location Details
1865–77 Campaign of violence 3,000+ United States Southern United States Over 3,000 Freedmen and their Republican Party allies were killed by a combination of the Ku Klux Klan and well organized campaigns of violence by local whites in a campaign of terrorist violence that overthrew Reconstructionist governments in the south and established segregationist regimes that lasted until the mid-20th century.[241][242]
October 22, 1868 Assassination 1 0 Arkansas Little Rock, Arkansas James M. Hinds, Arkansas congressional representative, was assassinated by a member of the Ku Klux Klan in Little Rock
November 10, 1898 Riot 22+ North Carolina Wilmington, North Carolina In the Wilmington Insurrection of 1898, white supremacists overthrew the biracial Republican government of Wilmington, North Carolina, killing at least 22 African Americans, marking the beginning of the Jim Crow era in North Carolina.
1927 Campaign of violence Several Several  Alabama The Ku Klux Klan launched a wave of political terror in Alabama, attempting to undermine African American rights.
December 25, 1951 Bombing, assassination 2 0 Florida Mims, Florida Harry T. Moore state co-coordinator of the Florida NAACP and his wife were killed by dynamite bomb in his Mims, Florida home. Despite extensive FBI investigation no one was arrested but Orlando KKK suspected.[46][47]
June 12, 1963 Shooting, assassination 1 0 Mississippi Jackson, Mississippi NAACP organizer Medgar Evers was killed in front of his Mississippi home by member of the Ku Klux Klan.
September 16, 1963 Bombing 4 22 Alabama Birmingham, Alabama 16th Street Baptist Church bombing: A member of the Ku Klux Klan bombed a Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four girls.
June 21, 1964 Kidnapping and murder 3 0 Mississippi Philadelphia, Mississippi The murders of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner, three civil rights workers, in Philadelphia, Mississippi by the Ku Klux Klan.
March 25, 1965 Shooting 1 0 Alabama Selma, Alabama The Ku Klux Klan murdered Viola Liuzzo, a Southern-raised white mother of five who was visiting Alabama from her home in Detroit to attend a civil rights march. At the time of her murder, Liuzzo was transporting Civil Rights Marchers.
January 10, 1966 Firebombing 1 0 Mississippi Hattiesburg, Mississippi Vernon Dahmer died in the firebombing of his own home in Mississippi at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan.
November 3, 1979 Shooting 5 5 North Carolina Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro massacre: Members of the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party jumped out of vehicles and fired on an anti-Klan demonstration.[243] The demonstration was led by members of a Communist group who were trying to organize local African American workers in Greensboro, North Carolina. Five demonstration participants were killed.
March 20, 1981 Lynching 1 0 Alabama Mobile, Alabama Michael Donald was randomly selected to be lynched by two Ku Klux Klan members near his Alabama home. He was beaten, had his throat slit, and was hanged.

Deadliest attacks

The following is a list of the deadliest known single-day terrorist attacks in the United States to date. Only incidents with ten or more deaths are included.

dagger Was previously the deadliest terrorist attack.
Date Fatalities Injuries Article Location(s)
1 September 11, 2001 2,996 (inc. 19 perps.) 25,000 September 11 attacks New York City; Arlington, Virginia; Shanksville, Pennsylvania
2 August 21, 1863 dagger 204 (inc. 40 perps.) 1 Lawrence massacre Douglas County, Kansas
3 April 19, 1995 168 680+ Oklahoma City bombing Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
4 June 1, 1921 150–300 800+ Tulsa race massacre Greenwood, Tulsa, Oklahoma
5 September 11, 1857 dagger 120+ 17+ Mountain Meadows massacre Mountain Meadows, Utah Territory
6 April 13, 1873 108 (inc. 3 perps.) unknown Colfax massacre Colfax, Louisiana
7 March 8, 1782 dagger 96 2 Gnadenhutten massacre Gnadenhutten, Ohio
8 February 26, 1860 80+ unknown Wiyot massacre Indian Island (Humboldt Bay), California
9 November 13, 1813 64 29 Hillabee massacre Hillabee, Alabama
10 June 12, 2016 50 (inc. 1 perp.) 53 Orlando nightclub shooting Orlando, Florida
11 May 18, 1927 45 (inc. 1 perp.) 58 Bath School disaster Bath Township, Michigan
12 May 15, 1854 40 unknown Asbill massacre Mendocino County, California
13 September 16, 1920 38 143 Wall Street bombing New York City
14 September 3, 1812 24 unknown Pigeon Roost massacre Pigeon Roost Village, Northwest Territory (Indiana)
15 August 3, 2019 23 23 El Paso shooting El Paso, Texas
16 November 10, 1898 22+ unknown Wilmington insurrection Wilmington, North Carolina
17 October 1, 1910 21 100+ Los Angeles Times bombing Los Angeles, California
18 February 28, 1847 20 unknown Kern and Sutter massacres Sutter County, California
19 December 2, 2015 16 (inc. 2 perps.) 24 San Bernardino attack San Bernardino, California
20 May 12, 1846 14+ unknown Klamath Lake massacre Klamath County, Oregon
21 November 5, 2009 13 33 (inc. 1 perp.) Fort Hood shooting Fort Hood, Texas
22 January 2, 1791 12 several Big Bottom massacre near Stockport, Ohio
23 May 4, 1886 11 130+ Haymarket affair Chicago, Illinois
December 29, 1975 11 74 LaGuardia Airport bombing New York City
25 July 22, 1916 10 40 Preparedness Day Bombing San Francisco, California
November 24, 1917 10 2 Milwaukee Police Department bombing Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Failed attacks

Alleged and proven plots

  • November 1864: Plan by Confederate Lieutenant Colonel Robert Martin and the Copperheads organization Sons of Liberty to attack New York City and disrupt elections collapsed when the Sons of Liberty backed out upon seeing large numbers of Union troops.[244]
  • February 28, 1865 Dahlgren Affair: Alleged plot by Union General Judson Kilpatrick to burn down Richmond, Virginia and kill Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his Cabinet. Allegations based on papers recovered by a 13-year-old member of the Confederate home guard. The authenticity of the papers have been a matter of dispute.[293]
  • January 1940: The FBI shuts down the Christian Front after discovering that its members were arming themselves for a plot to "murder Jews, communists, and 'a dozen Congressmen'" and establishing a government modeled after Nazi Germany.[294][295]
  • March 31, 1943: Clarence Cull arrested and charged with attempting to assassinate President Franklin D. Roosevelt by suicide bombing. Cull blamed Roosevelt for lost convoys of merchant ships.
  • November 9, 1995: Oklahoma Constitutional Militia members arrested while in the planning stages for bombings of Southern Poverty Law Center, gay bars and abortion clinics.[296][297]
  • January 1, 1996: Members of the Viper Team militia are arrested after they caught surveying government buildings in Arizona.[296]
  • July 13, 1996: John J. Ford, 47, of Bellport, Long Island, a former court officer and president of the Long Island U.F.O. Network, and Joseph Mazzachelli plotted to poison local politicians with radium and shoot them if that did not work. They believed the government was covering up knowledge of UFO landings.[298][299]
  • November 11, 1996: Seven members of the Mountaineer Militia are arrested in a plot to blow up the FBI fingerprint records center in West Virginia.[296]
  • July 4, 1997: Members of the splinter militia group the Third Continental Congress are arrested while planning attacks on military bases which they believed were being used to train United Nations troops to attack U.S. citizens.[296]
  • July 30, 1997: Two men who were planning to bomb the New York City subway the next day were arrested. A resident of their apartment informed police after he overheard the men discussing the plot.[300]
  • March 18, 1998: Members of the North American Militia are arrested in plot to bomb Federal Buildings in Michigan, a television station and an interstate highway intersection.[296]
  • December 5, 1999: Members of the San Joaquin Militia are arrested on charges of plotting to bomb critical infrastructure locations in hopes of sparking an insurrection. The leaders of the group pled guilty to charges of plotting to kill a Federal judge.[296]
  • December 8, 1999: The leader of the Southeastern States Alliance militia group is arrested in plot to bomb energy faculties with the goal of causing power outages in Florida and Georgia.[296]
  • March 9, 2000: The former leader of the Texas Militia is arrested in a plot to attack the Federal Building in Houston.[296]
  • February 8, 2002: Two members of Project 7 are arrested plotting to kill judges and law enforcement officials in order to kick off a revolution.[296]
  • May 8, 2002: José Padilla, accused by John Ashcroft of plotting to attack the United States with a dirty bomb, declared as an enemy combatant, and denied habeas corpus. No material evidence has been produced to support the allegation.
  • July 26, 2002 2002 White supremacist terror plot: Two white supremacists were convicted of conspiring to start a race war by bombing landmarks associated with Jews and Blacks.[301]
  • September 3, 2002: An Idaho Mountain Militia Boys plot to kill a judge and a police officer and break a friend out of jail is uncovered.[296]
  • April 24, 2003: William Krar is charged for his part in the Tyler poison gas plot, a white supremacist related plan. A sodium cyanide bomb was seized with at least 100 other bombs, bomb components, machine guns, and 500,000 rounds of ammunition. He faces up to 10 years in prison.[302][303]
  • May 1, 2003: Iyman Faris pleads guilty to providing material support to al-Qaeda and plotting to bring down the Brooklyn Bridge by cutting through cables with blowtorches. He had been working as a double for the FBI since March, but in October was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
  • August 31, 2005 2005 Los Angeles bomb plot: Kevin James, Hammad Samana, Gregory Patterson, and Levar Washington were indicted on charges to wage war against the U.S. government through terrorism in California. The men planned attacks against Jewish institutions and American military locations in Los Angeles during the Yom Kippur holiday.[304]
  • February 21, 2006: The Toledo terror plot where three men were accused of conspiring to wage a "holy war" against the United States, supply help to the terrorist in Iraq, and threatening to kill the US president.
  • June 23, 2006: The Miami bomb plot to attack the Sears Tower where seven men were arrested after an FBI agent infiltrated a group while posing as an al-Qaeda member. No weapons or other materials were found. On May 12, 2009 after two mistrials due to hung juries five men were convicted and one acquitted on charges related to the plot. Narseal Batiste, the group's ringleader, was convicted on four charges, the only defendant to be convicted on all four charges brought against the defendants.[305]
  • July 7, 2006: Three suspects arrested in Lebanon for plotting to blow up a Hudson River tunnel and flood the New York financial district.
  • November 29, 2006: Demetrius Van Crocker a white supremacist from rural Tennessee was sentenced to 30 years in prison for attempting to acquire Sarin nerve gas and C-4 explosives that he planned to use to destroy government buildings.[306]
  • December 8, 2006: Derrick Shareef, 22, a Muslim convert who talked about his desire to wage jihad against civilians was charged in a plot to set off four hand grenades in garbage cans December 22 at the Cherryvale Mall in Rockford, Illinois.[307]
  • March 5, 2007: A Rikers Island inmate offered to pay an undercover police officer posing as a hit man to behead New York City police commissioner Raymond Kelly and bomb police headquarters in retaliation for the controversial police shooting of Sean Bell. The suspect wanted the bombing to be considered a terrorist act.[308]
  • May 1, 2007: Five members of a self-styled Birmingham, Alabama area anti-immigration militia were arrested for planning a machine gun attack on Mexicans.[309]
  • May 7, 2007: Fort Dix attack plot. Six men inspired by Jihadist videos arrested in a failed homegrown terrorism plot to kill soldiers. Plot unravels when Circuit City clerk becomes suspicious of the DVDs the men had created and report it to authorities who place an informant in the group. In October 2008 one man pleaded guilty to charges related to the plot. On December 22, 2008 five other men were convicted with conspiracy to kill American soldiers but were acquitted of attempted murder.[310] Dritan, Shain and Eljvir Duka were sentenced to life in prison.[311]
  • June 3, 2007: John F. Kennedy International Airport terror plot. Four men indicted in plot to blow up jet-fuel supply tanks at JFK Airport and a 40-mile (64 km) connecting pipeline. One suspect is a U.S. citizen and one, Abdul Kadir, a former member of parliament in Guyana. The airport was targeted because one of the suspects saw arms shipments and missiles being shipped to Israel from that locale. In a recorded conversation one of the suspects allegedly told an informant that "Anytime you hit Kennedy, it is the most hurtful thing to the United States. To hit John F. Kennedy, wow.... They love JFK – he's like the man". Plot unraveled when a person from law enforcement was recruited.[312][313][314] On June 29, 2010 Abdel Nur pled guilty to material support charges. Due to health reasons Kareem Ibrahim was removed from the case and will be tried separately.[315] On August 2 Russell M. Defreitas and Abdul Kadir were convicted for their role in the plot.[316]
  • March 26, 2008: Michael S. Gorbey who was detained in January 2008 for carrying a loaded shotgun two blocks from the Capitol Building has been charged planning to set off a bomb after a device containing can of gunpowder duct-taped to a box of shotgun shells and a bottle containing buckshot or BB pellets was found in the pickup truck he was driving. The pickup truck was moved to a government parking lot where for a three-week period the device inside it went unnoticed.[317] Michael Gorbey gets 22 years prison, but he insisted that police planted weapons.[318]
  • October 27, 2008: Federal agents claim to thwarted a plot by two white power skinheads to target an African American High School and kill 88 blacks and decapitate 14 more (the numbers 88 and 14 are symbolic to white supremacists) and although expecting to fail try to assassinate Barack Obama.[319][320]
  • May 20, 2009: 2009 New York City bomb plot Three U.S. citizens and one Haitian from Newburgh, New York were arrested in a plot to bomb a Riverdale Temple and a Riverdale Jewish Center in The Bronx, New York City in an alleged homegrown terrorist plot. It was also alleged that they planned to shoot down military planes operating out of Stewart Air National Guard Base also in Newburgh. One of the suspects whose parents are from Afghanistan was said to be "unhappy that many Muslim people were being killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan by the United States Military forces."[321][322][323] On October 18, 2010, the four were convicted on most of the charges brought against them.[324] On June 29, 2011 three of the men were sentenced to 25 years imprisonment by a judge who criticized the governments handling of the case.[325][326] A 2014 award-winning HBO documentary about the four, The Newburgh Sting, claimed that it was a clear case of entrapment and an egregious miscarriage of justice.[327][328]
  • September 2009 New York City Subway and United Kingdom plot: Najibullah Zazi of Denver was indicted on charges of trying to build and detonate a weapon of mass destruction by purchasing hydrogen peroxide, acetone and other chemicals. He and two others allegedly planned to detonate the homemade explosives on the New York City subway system.[329] On February 22, 2010 Zazi pled guilty to conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country and providing material support for a terrorist organization. Zazi said he was recruited by al-Qaeda as part of a "martyrdom plan".[330] Zazi agreed to cooperate with authorities and has told them that the groups planned to walk into the Times Square and Grand Central stations with backpack bombs at rush hour and then choose which subway lines to attack.[331] Several days later Adis Medunjanin and Zarein Ahmedzay high school classmates of Zazi were indicted and pled not guilty to charges of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country and providing material support for a terrorist organization.[332] On April 12 a fourth man was arrested in Pakistan.[331] On April 23 Prosecutors said that two Senior Al Queda officials who were reportedly later killed in drone attacks ordered the attacks and Zarein Ahmedzay pleaded guilty to plot related charges.[333] On July 7 five others were indicted including al-Qaeda leader Adnan Shukrijumah, and it was alleged the United Kingdom was also a target of the plot.[334] While in Pakistan, Zazi, Ahmedzay and Medunjanin were allegedly recruited and directed by Shukrijumah, a former Florida student who is designated as one of the FBI's most wanted terrorists, to conduct a terrorist attack in the U.S.[335] On August 6 new charges were brought against Medunjanin and 4 others including Shukrijumah. Medunjanin pleaded not guilty.[336]
  • August – September 2009: On September 24, William Boyd and Hysen Sherifi charged with "conducting reconnaissance of the Marine Corps base at Quantico, Virginia and obtaining armor-piercing ammunition with the intent to attack Americans". Boyd, two of his sons and several other suspects had been charged on international terrorism charges in August, but at the time there was no indication that they wanted to plot a United States attack. An audio tape of Boyd decrying the U.S. military, discussing the honor of martyrdom, and bemoaning the struggle of Muslims was played at an August hearing. It is the first case of a ring of homegrown terrorists having specific targets.[337][338]
  • September 24, 2009: Michael Finton/Talib Islam a 29-year-old man from Illinois charged with trying to kill federal employees by detonating a car bomb at the federal building in Springfield, Illinois. Charges based on F.B.I. sting operation.[337] He is said to idolize American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh.[339]
  • September 24, 2009: Hosam Maher Husein Smadi a 19-year-old illegal immigrant from Jordan charged with trying the bomb the 60 story Fountain Place office tower in Dallas, Texas. Charges are based on F.B.I. sting operation in which agents posed as members of an al-Qaeda sleeper cell.[337][339]
  • January 7, 2010: Adis Medunjanin an alleged 2009 New York City Subway plotter attempts a suicide attack by intentionally crashing his car on the Whitestone Bridge in New York City. He is indicted for this on July 7.[340] Medunjanin has since been charged for his role in an Al Qaeda plot to conduct coordinated suicide bombings on New York's subway system.[341]
  • May 2010: Paul Rockwood Jr. a meteorologist who took official weather observations and his pregnant wife Nancy from King Salmon, Alaska compiled a list of 20 targets, including members of the military and media and had moved to the operational phase of their plan pled guilty to lying to FBI about the list and making false statements to the FBI. Under a plea agreement Mr. Rockwood will serve eight years in prison and three years probation while Ms. Rockwood will serve probation. Motive was revenge for alleged descecration of Islam.[342][343]
  • September 20, 2010: Sami Samir Hassoun, 22, a Lebanese citizen living in Chicago, was charged with one count each of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted use of an explosive device after placing a backpack with what he thought was a bomb near Wrigley Field. Alleged plot was foiled by FBI informant. Hassoun discussed other ideas for mass destruction attacks with informant.[344][345]
  • October 27, 2010: Farooque Ahmed, 34, a naturalized U.S. citizen indicted for conspiracy to bomb 4 Washington Metro stations with people he thought were al-Qaeda.[346]
  • November 26, 2010: Mohamed Osman Mohamud a 19-year-old Somali-American is alleged to have attempted a car bombing at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon. The device was a dud created by the FBI.[347] Motive is reported to be Jihad.[348] On January 31, 2013 a jury found Mohamud guilty of the charge of trying to use a weapon of mass destruction.[349]
  • December 8, 2010: Antonio Martinez, also known as Muhammad Hussain arrested after a sting operation in an alleged plot to bomb a military recruiting center in Catonsville, Maryland. The 21-year-old suspect is an American who converted to Islam. The suspect was reported to be upset that the military continues to kill Muslims.[350]
  • December 21, 2010: Internet radio broadcaster Hal Turner sentenced to 33 months in prison after he published the work addresses and photographs of three judges who had upheld gun control laws and advocated for their assassination.[351]
  • February 24, 2011: Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari a 20-year-old Saudi Arabian student arrested for building bombs to use in alleged terrorist attacks. Targets allegedly were home of George W. Bush, hydroelectric dams, nuclear power plants, nightclubs and the homes of soldiers who were formerly stationed at the Abu Ghraib prison. In Aldawsari's journal he wrote he was inspired by the speeches of Osama bin Laden. Alleged plot uncovered when supplier noticed suspicious purchases.[352]
  • May 11, 2011: In the 2011 Manhattan terrorism plot, Ahmed Ferhani resident of Queens, New York and native of Algeria and Mohamed Mamdouh aged 20 also from Queens and Moroccan native arrested in a lone wolf plot against a New York Synagogue that had yet to be chosen. It also alleged that they hoped to attack the Empire State Building. The pair were arrested after buying two Browning semi-automatic pistols, one Smith & Wesson revolver, ammunition and one grenade. The pair disguised themselves as Jewish temple goers and pretended to pray. The suspects were said to be "committed to violent jihad".[353]
  • June 23, 2011: Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif and Walli Mujahidh of Long Beach, California are arrested on charges of buying machine guns and grenades and conspiring to attack a federal building housing a Military Entrance Processing Station in Seattle, Washington.Plot was uncovered by informent. Motive was to send message in protest of US action abroad. On April 8, 2013 Walli Mujahidh apologized and was sentenced to 17 years for his role in the plot.[354][355]
  • July 27, 2011: AWOL U.S. Army Private, and conscientious objector, Naser Jason Abdo from Garland, Texas was arrested in an alleged plot against Fort Hood, Texas. Materials for up to two bombs were found with jihadist materials in Abdo's motel room. Investigation began when owner of a local gun store called police after becoming suspicious when Abdo asked questions indicating he did not know about the items he was purchasing.[356][357]
  • September 28, 2011: Rezwan Ferdaus, a US citizen, was indicted for allegedly plotting to use remote-controlled aircraft carrying explosives to bomb the Pentagon and the US Capitol. He also allegedly planned to hire people to shoot at people fleeing the Pentagon. Ferdaus was said to be motivated by Al Queada videos and the alleged plot was uncovered by an F.B.I. sting operation.[358] In July 2012 he pleaded guilty to plotting an attack on the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol and attempting to provide material support to terrorists. Under a plea bargain, he was sentenced to 17 years in prison and then 10 years of supervised release.[359]
  • October 11, 2011: Operation Red Coalition. Alleged plot that was "conceived, sponsored and was directed from Iran" to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States Adel al-Jubeir with a bomb and bomb the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington, D.C. It is not known if Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei or President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had knowledge of the plot. The alleged plot was disrupted by an FBI and DEA investigation. The investigation began in May 2011 when an Iranian-American approached a DEA informant seeking the help of a Mexican drug cartel to assassinate the Saudi ambassador. Iran has denied the allegations.[360]
  • October–November 2011: Georgia terrorist plot Four elderly men from a Georgia militia arrested for plotting to buy ricin in preparation for an attack they claimed would "save the Constitution". They allegedly discussed blowing up IRS and ATF buildings, dispensing ricin from a plane over Atlanta and other cities, and assassinating "un American" politicians. Informant used to break up alleged plot.[361]
  • November 20, 2011: Jose Pimentel, aged 27, an American citizen and a convert to Islam from New York City arrested and accused of being the process of building pipe bombs (and one hour away from his building his first bomb) to target post offices police cars and U.S. military personnel returning from abroad in New York City and Bayonne, New Jersey. Was said to be a follower of the late al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki. The FBI did not consider Pimentel who was said to be radicalized via the internet by enough of a threat to investigate but NYC police considered him a 2 on a threat scale of 1 to 5.[362][363][364]
  • January 7, 2012: Sami Osmakac a naturalized American from Kosovo arrested in plot to create mayhem in Tampa, Florida by car bombing, hostage taking and exploding a suicide belt. Allege bomb targets included by night clubs in the Ybor City, a bar, and the operations center of the sheriff's office and South Tampa businesses. Osmakac allegedly told an FBI undercover agent "We all have to die, so why not die the Islamic way?". Osmakac pled not guilty on February 8.[365]
  • 2012 February 17: Amine El Khalifi a Moroccan man from Alexandria, Virginia arrested in alleged suicide bombing plot of U.S. Capital. Was arrested was a result of F.B.I. sting operation.[366] As a result of a plea agreement El Khalifi was sentenced to 30 years in prison on September 14.[367]
  • May 1, 2012: 5 self described anarchists were arrested in an alleged plot to blow up a bridge in Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Brecksville, Ohio. The group was being monitored as part of an F.B.I. undercover operation and had considered other plots previously. One of the suspects expressed a desire to cause financial damage to companies while avoiding casualties.[368][369]
  • August 27, 2012: Four non-commissioned officers from Fort Stewart in Georgia, along with five other men, were charged in an alleged plot to poison an apple orchard and blow up a dam in Washington State, seize control of Fort Stewart, set off explosives in a park in Savannah, Georgia, and assassinate President Barack Obama. The alleged plot was on behalf of the "FEAR" militia for the long term purpose of overthrowing the government.[370][371]
  • 2012 October 17: Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis age 21 arrested in plot to bomb the Manhattan office of the Federal Reserve Bank on behalf of "our beloved Sheikh Osama bin Laden". Motive was to destroy the economy and possibly force cancellation of the Presidential election. Suspect who has a student visa is a Bangladeshi national who come to the U.S. to launch a terrorist attack. Arrest was result a joint FBI-New York City police sting operation. Suspect was pulling detonator on disabled 1000-pound van bomb when arrested.[372] On August 9, 2013 Nafis was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Prior to his sentencing Nafis wrote a letter apologizing to the people of America and New York for his actions which he said were caused by personal and family problems and said he is now pro American.[373][374]
  • November 29, 2012: Raees Alam Qazi and his brother Sheheryar Alam Qazi of Florida naturalized citizens of Pakistani descent arrested for being in the aspirational stages of a plot to attack New York City. Raees Alam Qazi is alleged be inspired by Al Queda and of trying to contact terrorists abroad.[375] On June 11, 2015 Raees and Sheheryar were sentenced to 35 and 20 years respectively for the plot and attacking federal officials while in custody.[376]
  • June 19, 2013: Two middle aged upstate New York men Scott Crawford and Eric J. Feight arrested by FBI in alleged plot to target a political figure reported to be President Obama and a Muslim group deemed enemies of Israel by constructing and using an X-Ray Gun that was described by the FBI as "useful and "functional". Obama was believed by the pair to be allowing Muslims into the country without background checks. Investigation was launched when a synagogue and the Ku Klux Klan whom Crawford was a member of told authorities that Crawford tried to recruit them to take part in the alleged plot.[377]
  • December 13, 2013: Terry Lee Loewen, an avionics technician, was arrested for attempting to bomb the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.[378][379][380] A Muslim-convert inspired by Anwar Al-Awlaki, he is alleged to have spent several months planning a suicide attack with a car-load of explosives.[381]
  • 2014: Brandon Orlando Baldwin and Olajuwon Ali Davis allegedly plotted to kill St. Louis County, Missouri Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch and Ferguson, Missouri Police Chief Tom Jackson as well as bomb the Gateway Arch in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown. The suspects were caught as a result of an undercover operation.[382]
  • March 26, 2015: Hasan R. Edmonds, an Illinois National Guardsman, and his cousin, Jonas M. Edmonds, arrested in an alleged terrorist plot against a Northern Illinois military base. The alleged plot involved Hasan leaving the country and Jones using Hasan's uniform to gain access. The motive was to bring "the flames of war to the heart" of America. Alleged plot broken up by sting operation.[383]
  • April 2, 2015: Two women from Queens, New York, 28-year-old Noelle Velentzas and 31-year-old Asia Siddiqui, arrested on charges of trying to detonate explosives in the US. They had purchased propane tanks. It is believed to be first case of a women only conceived terror plot in the US. Suspected busted by sting operation. Siddiqui alleged to have Al-Qaeda contact.[384] On May 7, the two pled not guilty.[385]
  • April 10, 2015: The FBI arrested 20 year old John Booker Jr. (aka Mohammad Abdullah Hassan) and a co-conspirator, 28 year old Alexander Evan Blair, after Booker made the final connections to arm a 1,000 pound bomb inside a mini-van near Fort Riley, Kansas.[386] Booker intended the inert device, built by undercover FBI agents that Booker had solicited to assist him with his attack, to be detonated at the base hospital. Prior to his attack, Booker made several martyrdom videos in which he stated that he was conducting the suicide attack against a military target in support of the Islamic State. Booker received a 30-year sentence as part of a plea agreement in which he pled guilty to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to destroy government property by an explosive device.[387] His accomplice, Alexander Blair, pled guilty of Conspiracy and was sentenced to 15 months, admitting to providing Booker with money to fund the attack knowing what was planned.[387]
  • April 10, 2015: the FBI arrested 63-year old Robert Rankin Doggart, of Signal Mountain, Tennessee, who ran as a congressional candidate in 2014. He was wiretapped explaining plans to raise a militia to burn down a mosque, school and cafeteria and gun down Muslims in an enclave called Islamberg in New York. He planned to amass M4 carbines, pistols, Molotov cocktails and machetes, saying "We will offer [our] lives as collateral to prove our commitment to our God," and "We shall be Warriors who inflict horrible numbers of casualties upon the enemies," and "If it gets down to the machete, we will cut them to shreds."[388] He has a Ph.D. from a diploma mill and an ordination from an ordination mill.[389] He pled guilty on May 15, 2015.[390]
  • June 17, 2015: Fareed Mumuni, 21 of Staten Island and Munther Omar Saleh, 20 of Queens arrested for allegedly trying to conspire to assist ISIS in committing an attack in the New York area. Both suspects allegedly charged at law enforcement trying to arrest them with a knife.[391]
  • July 3–5, 2015: F.B.I. Director James Comey said his agency disrupted multiple July 4 weekend terror plots.[392]
  • July 13, 2015: Alexander Ciccolo, 23, of Adams, Massachusetts a son of a Boston police captain arrested in plot to attack a state college and broadcast executions of students on the internet. Suspect who was turned in by his father is said to be inspired by ISIS and reportedly characterized America as "Satan" and "disgusting". Ciccolo has guns and possible bomb making equipment.[393]
  • August 22, 2015: Kevin Norton, 18, and James Stumbo, 27 of Iowa were arrested in a plot to shoot up the 2015 Pokémon World Championships. The two posted status updates and images of their weaponry on social media, which were noticed by various Pokémon fans who treated them as supposed threats against the tournament. The two were arrested on charges of unlicensed possession of firearms and ammunition.[394] The weapons recovered were a recently purchased Remington shotgun, an AR-15, a hunting knife and several hundred rounds of ammunition.[395][396][397]
  • October 14, 2016: Curtis Wayne Allen, 49; Patrick Eugene Stein, 47; and Gavin Wayne Wright, 49 are arrested in Garden City, Kansas after an eight month long investigation conducted by the FBI finds that the men were plotting to use explosives to kill an estimated 120 persons at an apartment complex inhabited by Somali immigrants. The men claimed allegiance to a far right nationalist group called "The Crusaders".[398] Stein was sentenced to 30 years, Wright to 26 years, and Allen to 25 years for conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction.[399]
  • March 2020: Timothy Wilson an member of the Atomwaffen Division was planning on bombing a COVID-19 hospital with a car bomb. He was killed in a shootout with the FBI on the March 24.[400]

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