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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity B'nai B'rith International
Specific Description Headquarters
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 104
US Hostages Unknown
Days of Kidnapping 2
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 750.00
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 750.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid 1.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources 1.00
Ransom Notes The assailants made a number of demands for the release of the hostages. They demanded the Muslims convicted in the 1973 murders of Khaalis, the family members of Hamaas Abdul Khaalis, and those convicted of murdering Malcolm X delivered to them. They also requested a meeting with Wallace Muhammad and Muhammad Ali. Khaalis also requested that he be refunded his $750.00 in legal fees due to a contempt of court citation. The assailants further demanded that Mohammad, Messenger of God, a recently released film, be banned from movie theaters.
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Pistols and machetes
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Hanafi Muslims Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 7
Number of Captured Perpetrators 7
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured Unknown
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0