Right-wing Extremists Killed Over 250 in U.S. Terror Since 1993, Says ADL

Report says group has been one of the largest sources of domestic terror, killing over 250 people in 150 different attacks, but hasn’t attracted enough media attention

Timothy McVeigh being led out of a courthouse after being arrested for the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 that killed 168 people.
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Right-wing extremists killed 255 people and injured more than 600 in the United States in terror attacks over the past 25 years, according to a new report by the Anti-Defamation League.

According to the report, published Tuesday, about half the incidents were carried out by “lone wolf” attackers. Government, law enforcement, and racial and religious groups were their most common targets.

Jews and Muslims were the most frequently targeted among religious groups. Most of the incidents involved the use or planned use of firearms and explosives.

All told, the report documents 150 right-wing terrorist acts, attempted attacks, and plots and conspiracies between the years 1993 and 2017 – the overwhelming majority carried out by white supremacists and anti-government militants.

“Right-wing extremists have been one of the largest and most consistent sources of domestic terror incidents in the United States for many years, a fact that has not gotten the attention it deserves,” the report, prepared by the ADL’s Center on Extremism, noted.

The worst incident by far was the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing carried out by Timothy McVeigh, which killed 168 people and injured hundreds of others.

The report found that the number of incidents surged in the mid-1990s, and then climbed again after 2009. That uptick was attributed to the presidency of Barack Obama, who was hated by white supremacist groups.

A search and rescue crew attending a memorial service in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, in May 1995, following the blast that killed 168 people and injured hundreds more.
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“This increased level of terror activity remains high today, though whether or not it will sustain itself during a Trump administration remains to be seen,” the report said.