Incident Summary:

01/07/2017: Assailants set fire to the Islamic Center of Lake Travis in Hudson Bend, Texas, United States. There were no reported casualties in the attack. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources suspected that the incident was carried out by anti-Muslim extremists.

GTD ID:
201701070015

When:
2017-01-07

Country:
United States

Region:
North America

City:
Hudson Bend

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 Center of Lake Travis
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 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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources suspected that the fire may have been started by embers from people burning trash nearby. Additionally, sources suspected that the fire may have been set accidentally by a homeless person seeking shelter.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Muslim extremists (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
Sources
"Officials: Cause of mosque fire near Lake Travis may never be known," Austin American-Statesman, March 7, 2017.
"Pakistan: Texas mosque 'completely destroyed' in early-morning fire," Pakistan Today Online, January 29, 2017.
"Cause of Lake Travis mosque fire yet to be determined," KXAN-TV (NBC), February 8, 2017.