01/18/1973: Suspected Black Muslims murdered seven people (two adults and five children) and wounded two other adults through a combination of binding, gagging, drowning, and shooting in Washington, D.C. in the United States. The targets were Khalifa Hamaas Abdul Khaalis and his family members. Khalifa Hamaas Abdul Khaalis was a Hanafi Muslim leader who, according to the Hanafi, accused Black Muslim leader Elijah Muhammad of teaching false doctrines about Islam.
District of Columbia
7700 16th Street NW, DC; The house of the family of Khalifa Hamaas Abdul Khaalis, a three-story brick house.
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|Successful Attack? ()
Target Information ()
|Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions|
|Name of Entity
||Khalifa Hamaas Abdul Khaalis, a Hanafi Muslim leader, who denounced Elijah Muhammad, the Black Muslim leader, for teaching false principles of Islam.|
||Khalifa Hamaas Abdul Khaalis and his family|
|Nationality of Target
||Unknown Gun Type
|"a total of 2 adults and 5 children were killed by a combination of ""binding, gagging, shooting, and drowning."""|
|Part of Multiple Incident?||No|
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||"Khaalis wrote letters to Muhammad to ""stop preaching false doctrines""; At the time of the mass murder, Khaalis was not in the house. He was on his way home, and when he arrived, he foiled the attackers' plan to kill him, and they fled. Additionally, It was never confirmed that this attack was in fact committed by the Black Muslims, despite the Hanafi's accusations and the denial of involvement by the Black Muslims."|
Perpetrator Group Information
|Black Muslims (suspected)
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|Number of Captured Perpetrators
|Total Number of Casualties
||7 Fatalities / 2 Injured|
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|"Paul Delaney, "Survivor Tells of Killings Of 7 Moslems in Capital," New York Times, February 23, 1973."
|"Donald Baker, "'I Teach Islam Is for Everyone'," The Washington Post, Times Herald, January 20, 1973."
|"TERRORISM: The 38 Hours: Trial by Terror," TIME, March 21, 1977, http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,946751,00.htm.l"