Incident Summary:

11/19/2015: An assailant threw incendiary devices at Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Seven Corners area, Falls Church, Virginia, United States. There were no reported casualties in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, an individual, identified as Chester H. Gore, was arrested in connection with the attack.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Near Falls Church

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Seven Corners area.

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 Al-Hijrah Islamic Center
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 $200.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Fake Weapons
Weapon Details
Molotov cocktails and a fake explosive device 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
Anti-Muslim extremists No
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
"In Solidarity with American Muslims, Norton to Attend Prayer Services at Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, Today," Targeted News Service, December 4, 2015.
"Man Left Hoax Explosive Device at Fairfax County Mosque, Officials Say," NBC Washington, November 23, 2015.