Incident Summary:

05/20/2012: Assailants set fire to the New Holy Deliverance Outreach Ministry in Axton, Virginia, United States. There were no reported casualties in the attack. An individual, identified as Jean-Claude Bridges, claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that he targeted the church because the congregation was predominantly African American.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity New Holy Deliverance Outreach Ministry
Specific Description Church
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 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
White supremacists/nationalists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
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
"Virginia church set on fire because congregants are black," WTVR CBS, January 9, 2013.
"Virginia Teen, Charged as Adult, Sentenced for Church Arson," Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs, May 2, 2013.
"White Teenage Boy Confesses To Setting Black Church On Fire Out Of Racist Hatred," Bossip, January 10, 2013.