The Waco Siege in Texas 1993

[ 1993 ]

The fiery demise of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, that claimed the lives of David Koresh and at least 74 of his followers -- preceded by a shoot-out in which four federal agents were killed -- focused attention on how to define and deal with cults. The Seventh-day Adventist Church took pains to disassociate itself from the Koresh group, noting that the latter began as a sect in 1959 when it left a group that had itself earlier broken away from the Adventists. A statement issued after the Waco events by 16 religious and civil liberties groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Council of Churches, said, "Under the religious liberty provisions of the First Amendment, government has no business declaring what is orthodox or heretical, or what is a true or false religion."

Total Casualties 102 Killed and Wounded
Casualties Killed / Wounded
Military Casualties Killed 86 /Wounded 16
Civilian Casualties Killed / Wounded
Note
Belligerents Initiation Date Termination Date
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Branch Davidians 1993 / 2 / 28 1993 / 4 / 19 View
Federal Bureau of Investigation and Branch Davidians 1993 / 2 / 28 1993 / 4 / 19 View
Texas Army National Guard and Branch Davidians 1993 / 2 / 28 1993 / 4 / 19 View
Alabama National Guard and Branch Davidians 1993 / 2 / 28 1993 / 4 / 19 View

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