Incident Summary:

07/25/2010: An assailant set fire to playground equipment at Dar El-Eman Islamic Center in Arlington, Texas, United States. The attack followed an incident of vandalism several days earlier. The assailant reportedly attempted to start a fire in the mosque itself before targeting the playground, but was unsuccessful. In October 2011, Henry Clay Glaspell was sentenced to 14 months in prison, having pled guilty in February 2011 to carrying out the attack. Glaspell cited hatred of Arabs and people of Middle Eastern descent as a motivation for the attack. There were no casualties reported; the property damage was estimated at $12,000.



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 Dar El-Eman Islamic Center
Specific Description Mosque Playground
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 $12,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Arab extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
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
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Selk, Avi, "Arlington man will serve 14 months for setting fire to a mosque playground," Dallas Morning News, October 24, 2011,