Incident Summary:

12/08/2015: Assailants set fire to Jubba Cafe, a restaurant owned by a Somali-Muslim, in Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States. There were no reported casualties in the attack, but the building was damaged in the blaze. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to an individual identified as Matthew Gust.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

North Dakota

Grand Forks

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Jubba Cafe
Specific Description Restaurant
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 $90,000.00
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
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most reliable estimates are reported here.
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
"Minnesota man arrested for torching Somali restaurant in North Dakota, days after vandal wrote 'go home' and Nazi symbol on wall," New York Daily News, December 15, 2015.
"Muslim-owned cafe in US defaced with Nazi graffiti, set ablaze," The Express Tribune, December 13, 2015.
"Muslim advocacy group urges FBI probe into possible arson at Juba," Grand Forks Herald, December 9, 2015.