An incendiary device was detonated at a building at The Coulston Foundation’s White Sands Research Center in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Coulston spokesman Don McKinney called the fire an act of terrorism, but police say their investigation has not yet determined a particular group responsible for the fire.
The building was a maintenance facility where no animals were housed, and no one was injured in the blaze.
In a press release, the ALF terrorists wrote, “We intend for this act of nonviolent economic sabotage to bring an end to this truly evil institution.
McKinney had other words for this violent act of terrorism,
This has been an assault on Alamogordo, an assault on New Mexico and an assault on the United States, and it has been done by a citizen of the U.S. right at the time that our nation is under attack. I find that considerably less than acceptable.
Animal rights group claims responsibility for fire at primate lab. The Alamogordo Daily News (New Mexico), October 12, 2001.
A.L.F. claims responsibility for Coulston Federation Fire. Frontline Information Service, Press Release, October 11, 2001.