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
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
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
"People keep mistaking this church for an ‘anti-gay’ one. Did an arsonist do that, too?," Washington Post, November 13, 2017.
"NC church fire ruled arson, 'anti-gay' graffiti found,", November 15, 2017.
"‘Anti-gay’ Church set on fire in shocking attack," Pink News, November 13, 2017.