Incident Summary:

03/30/1990: Arson is set to the Islamic Center of New England mosque in Quincy, Massachusetts, United States. There were no casualties in the incident; however, the three-alarm fire caused about $500,000 worth of damages to the mosque. The investigation of the fire was inconclusive and no perpetrators were ever identified; however, the arson occurred in the midst of several fire bombings at West Coast mosques.



United States

North America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Islamic Center of New England
Specific Description Islamic Center of New England mosque in Quincy, Massachusetts
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage $500,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
three-alarm fire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information The investigation of the arson was inconclusive and no perpetrators were ever identified or captured for the incident. However, some sources claim that the black Muslim sect, Jamaat al-Fuqra may have been responsible for the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Muslim Life in America," International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State, October 2002.
"Damaged mosque reopens," Sun Journal-Lewiston, Maine, February 2, 1990.
"Al-Fuqra: Holy Warriors of Terrorism," Anti-Defamation League, 1993.