Incident Summary:

"11/13/2017: Assailants set fire to the Providence Road Baptist Church in Vale, North Carolina, United States. There were no reported casualties in the fire. Pro-LGBT Rights extremists claimed responsibility for the incident and wrote "anti-gay hate group" on the targeted church."



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

North Carolina


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Providence Road Baptist Church
Specific Description Church
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) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Pro-LGBT Rights extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
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
"NC church fire ruled arson, 'anti-gay' graffiti found,", November 15, 2017."
"People keep mistaking this church for an ‘anti-gay’ one. Did an arsonist do that, too?," Washington Post, November 13, 2017."
"‘Anti-gay’ Church set on fire in shocking attack," Pink News, November 13, 2017."