February 15, 1981 03:00
Incident Successful: Yes
Location: Merritt, British Columbia Canada
Event Type: Bombing/Explosion
Weapon Type(s): Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite (Unknown Explosive Type)
Organization Type: Supremacist,
Suicide Attack: No
1- Religious Figures/Institutions(Places of Worship)
Canadian Target: Yes
By foreigners against foreign target(s) in Canada:
Victims: 0 fatalities, 0 injuries
Perpetrators: 0 fatalities, 0 injuries
Description: "02/15/1981: At 3:00 a.m. explosion occurred in an East Indian church in Merritt, B.C. The explosion caused damage estimated at $5,000. No one was in the building at the time. Firefighters speculated that someone had thrown dynamite through a window and that the blast it created blew out the church's windows and doors. This incident was one of several attacks on the East Indian population in the area, which police suspected were committed by racist right-wing groups."
References: 1) "Kellett, A., Beanlands, B., Deacon, J., Jeffrey, H., & Lapalme, C. (1991). Terrorism in Canada 1960-1989, User Report no. 1990-16. Ottawa: Solicitor General Canada, National Security Coordination Centre, Police and Security Branch. p. 291."
2) RCMP Chronology. p. 9.
3) "Ross, Jeffrey I. (1992). ATIC IV: Chronology of Domestic and International Terrorist Events in Canada, 1960-1990. Montreal, Qc: International Centre for Comparative Criminology. p. 97"
4) RWVIC p. 152