Incident Summary:

03/12/2012: A man threw a firebomb at the Rida Islamic Center in Brussels city, Brussels region, Belgium. The imam of the mosque was killed and another person injured in the attack. The perpetrator, a Sunni, stated that he attacked the Shia mosque because he blamed Shias for the ongoing violence in Syria.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Occurred at the Rida Islamic Center near the Brussels South railway station

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Rida Shiite Mosque
Specific Description Imam: Abdallah Dadou
Nationality of Target Belgium
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 Gasoline or Alcohol
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
A knife, an axe, and petrol were used in the attack.
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
Sunni Muslim extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Belgium's Muslims in shock after deadly mosque arson," Agence France Presse -- English, March 13, 2012.
"Axe-wielding arsonist kills imam in Brussels mosque," Agence France Presse -- English, March 13, 2012.
"Belgian Minister Suggests Inter-Religious Strife To Blame for Mosque Arson," AFP (North European Service), March 13, 2012.