Incident Summary:

01/01/2012: An assailant threw two incendiary devices at a house used for Hindu worship services in Queens, New York City, United States. The devices fizzled out before catching fire. This was one of four arson attacks in Queens on this date. Ray Lazier Lengend was arrested and claimed responsibility for the series of incidents.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

New York City

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the borough of Queens.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Hindu Temple
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 Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
Molotov cocktails were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
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-Muslim extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
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
"Authorities probe fire attacks on 4 NYC sites," Associated Press Online, January 2, 2012.
"Islamic centre, Hindu worship place attacked in US," The Press Trust of India Limited, January 2, 2012.
"Security beefed up in NY after mosque attacks," Daily the Pak Banker, January 4, 2012.