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Two More Bombs Hit Oklahoma Clinic Blasts Cause Minor Damage To Building, Which Was Closed

Mon., Jan. 20, 1997

An abortion clinic that was firebombed on New Year’s Day was struck by two bombs Sunday that caused minor damage. No injuries were reported.

The Reproductive Services clinic was closed at the time of the afternoon blasts, said police Sgt. Wayne Allen. Technicians and bomb-sniffing dogs searched the single-story building and found no more explosives.

The blasts went off at the back of the clinic and caused only minor damage to the building, except for heavy damage to glass panels.

Police did not know what kind of explosives caused the blast or whether the bombs exploded on the outside or inside of the building.

Police had no suspects and no one has claimed responsibility.

The FBI will take over the investigation today because of last week’s bombings at an Atlanta clinic and the Jan. 22 anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion, Allen said.

“I hope this doesn’t mean that violence is going to flare up around the nation,” said Sherri Finik, the clinic’s executive director. “If a fanatic can do this to our clinic or any other family planning service that puts all of our citizens in jeopardy.”

On New Year’s Day, two firebombs thrown at the clinic caused minor smoke and fire damage.

On Thursday, two blasts rocked a building housing an Atlanta abortion clinic, injuring six people.



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