Shooting at the Washington Navy Yard is not first attack at the D.C. military facility

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By Scott McCabe

The deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday is not the first attack at the military facility.

In the 1980s, the Navy Yard was the site of two terrorists bombings, along with similar explosions at Fort McNair and the United States Capitol. The  bombings were blamed on former ’60s radicals.

The first bomb at the Navy Yard’s Computer Center went off in the dead of night on Aug. 18, 1983, doing minor damage and causing no injuries. An explosion rocked a computer operations center shortly after military officials were warned that a bombing would occur.

In April 20, 1984, terrorists bombed an officers club at the Navy Yard. The club had closed two hours before the 1:50 a.m. blast and no one was injured. Minutes later, news organizations received calls from a woman who played a taped message declaring that the bomb was a protest against U.S. policy in Central America and the Caribbean.

Four years later, four women and two men were charged with the bombings at the Navy Yard, U.S. Capitol, Fort McNair and four sites in New York.

The group is linked to the $1.6 million armed robbery of a Brinks armored car near Nyack, N.Y., in 1981 in which two police officers and a guard were killed.