Incident Summary:

07/04/2012: An assailant threw an incendiary device onto the roof of a mosque owned by the Islamic Society of Joplin in Joplin, Missouri, United States. No casualties were reported in the attack; however, the roof was damaged. This same mosque was later destroyed by arson on August 6, 2012. On October 19, 2012, Jedediah Stout was arrested and confessed to both of the arson attacks on the Joplin mosque. He stated that he targeted the mosque because he disliked Islam.



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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 Society of Joplin
Specific Description Mosque
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
Weapon Details
An incendiary device thrown on the buildings roof was 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
Anti-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 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
"Missouri mosque destroyed in second fire in a month," CNN Wire, August 6, 2012.
"Man confesses to Missouri mosque and clinic fires, prosecutors say," Reuters News, October 22, 2013.
"Missouri mosque razed by second fire in weeks," Al Jazeera English, August 6, 2012.