Incident Summary:

01/03/2018: Assailants threw Molotov cocktails at the Evangelical Christian Baptist Church in Kaji-Say, Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan. There were no reported casualties, though the church was damaged in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Muslim extremists.




Central Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Evangelical Christian Baptist Church
Specific Description Church
Nationality of Target Kyrgyzstan
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 Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
Molotov cocktails were used in the attack.
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
Muslim extremists 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
"Bible Miraculously Didn't Burn When an Evangelical Church Was Firebombed by Militants, Congregants Claim," MSNBC Newsweek, January 11, 2018.
"Kyrgyz Police Probe Fire At Baptist Church Amid Hate Crime Fears," Radio Free Europe, January 4, 2018.
"A sign from GOD? Christians claim divine intervention saved bible in church arson attack," Express Online, January 11, 2018.