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Bombs rattle Tulsa abortion clinic

bomb January 19, 1997
Web posted at: 7:50 p.m. EST

TULSA, Oklahoma (CNN) -- Two bombs exploded in rapid succession at a Tulsa family planning clinic that had been firebombed on New Year's Day, police said.

No one was hurt and the blasts at the Reproductive Services clinic, where abortions are performed, caused minor damage. Telephone records indicate the building also houses an adoption agency.

"We have no suspects and nobody has claimed responsibility at this time," Tulsa police spokesman Wayne Allen told CNN.

He said federal authorities have been advising police that clinic attacks might occur in relation to the January 22 anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion.

The blast came three days after two bombs exploded at a building housing an Atlanta-area clinic. Six people were injured in that bombing.

Authorities were searching the building for more bombs. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the FBI were investigating.

On New Year's Day, two firebombs thrown at the clinic caused minor smoke and fire damage. No one was inside the building, which was closed for the holiday.


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