Incident Summary:

08/16/2017: Assailants set fire to Trinity Baptist Church in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. There were no reported casualties, but the church was damaged in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident. Sources suspected that the assailants spray-painted "ISIS," referencing the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), on the outside of the church; however, authorities stated that the relationship between the arson and the graffiti was unclear.




North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred on Appleby Line.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Trinity Baptist Church
Specific Description Church
Nationality of Target Canada
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
Jihadi-inspired 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
"Burlington church fire was arson," The Hamilton Spectator, September 13, 2017.
"Suspicious fire rips through Burlington church," CBC, August 16, 2017.
"Fire marshal called to investigate 'suspicious' cause of Burlington church fire," Toronto Star - Metroland Newspapers, August 17, 2017.