Incident Summary:

11/24/2016: Assailants threw incendiary devices at the Imam Ali Islamic Center in Fawkner, north of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. There were no reported casualties in the attack. Abdullah Chaarani and Ahmed Mohammed claimed responsibility for the incident.




Australasia & Oceania

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Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Fawkner suburb in the north of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Imam Ali Islamic Center
Specific Description Islamic Community Center
Nationality of Target Australia
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
Firebombs 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
Jihadi-inspired extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
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
"Three men face charges for IS-inspired arson attacks in Melbourne," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, August 20, 2017.
"Police search for culprits behind the fire-bombing of Islamic community centre," Sydney Morning Herald, February 25, 2017.
"Attacks on Vic Islamic Centre probed," Herald Sun, January 30, 2017.