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.



United States

North America

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
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
"Pakistan: Texas mosque 'completely destroyed' in early-morning fire," Pakistan Today Online, January 29, 2017."
"Officials: Cause of mosque fire near Lake Travis may never be known," Austin American-Statesman, March 7, 2017."
"Cause of Lake Travis mosque fire yet to be determined," KXAN-TV (NBC), February 8, 2017."