Incident Summary:

02/09/2008: Three men fire-bombed a mosque in Columbia, Tennessee. The messages ‘White power’ and ‘we run the world’, as well as a swastika, were sprayed on the walls. No groups have claimed responsibility for the attack.



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 Mosque
Specific Description Islamic Center of Columbia
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
Fire was set using gasoline, rags and empty beer bottles.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information The phrases "white power" and "we run the country" written by the perpetrators imply a specific motive, but authorities are uncertain whether or not the act constitutes a hate crime.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Neo-Nazi extremists Unknown
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 3
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
Kristin M. Hall, “3 men face federal charges in burning down mosque,” The Associated Press State & Local Wire, Feb 12, 2008.
“Arrests made in Tenn. mosque fire,” UPI, Feb 11, 2008.