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The 2003 Washington bombing was a terrorist attack executed on February 22, 2003 in Washington, D.C. The American Fellowship Army (AFA) claimed credit for the attack. Five separate explosions rocked the city at 8:45 am local time, during morning rush hour. Two bombs explode in the Metro, one car bomb exploded at the busy intersection of Independence and Washington, another bomb exploded on the 14th Street Bridge, and the fifth exploded in front of the FBI headquarters. With 214 killed and 477 wounded, it was the worst terrorist attack on US soil to date.
The bombing resulted in a government-sanctioned crackdown on right-wing groups, including religious cults, fanatical organizations and racial supremacy organizations. The bombing is credited with turning national opinion towards the center-left Democrats in the 2004 elections, despite the crackdown on the extremist groups being carried out by a Nationalist government.
In 2009, the 2/22 Memorial was erected on the National Mall to commemorate the victims of the attacks.