Incident Summary:

12/11/2015: Assailants threw an incendiary device at the Islamic Society of Coachella Valley in Coachella, California, United States. There were no reported casualties, but the mosque was damaged in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, Carl James Dial was arrested in relation to the attack.

GTD ID:
201512110031

When:
2015-12-11

Country:
United States

Region:
North America

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

California

City:
Coachella

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 Coachella Valley
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 Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
A firebomb 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 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
Sources
"California Mosque Attacked With Molotov Cocktail, Officials Investigate Incident As Hate Crime," International Business Times, December 28, 2015.
"Person detained in fire at California mosque," USA Today, December 12, 2015.