Incident Summary:

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.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

District of Columbia


Location Details:
7700 16th Street NW, DC; The house of the family of Khalifa Hamaas Abdul Khaalis, a three-story brick house.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
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.
Specific Description Khalifa Hamaas Abdul Khaalis and his family
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Suffocation
Weapon Details
a total of 2 adults and 5 children were killed by a combination of "binding, gagging, shooting, and drowning."
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information 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
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Black Muslims (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 7
Number of Captured Perpetrators 7
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 7
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 2
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
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,,9171,946751,00.htm.l