Incident Summary:

07/05/2016: Assailants set fire to the Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. There were no reported casualties in the attack. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources suspected that the assailants may be members of the Black Hebrew Israelites.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


St. Louis

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church
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
Black Hebrew Israelites (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
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
"Police searching for suspect who damaged six St. Louis churches," Fox 2 St. Louis, July 12, 2016.
"St. Louis-area Churches Targets of Hate-Related Arson, Graffiti," Southern Poverty Law Center, July 14, 2016.