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.
“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.
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