Incident Summary:

04/24/2020: An assailant set fire to the Islamic Center of Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United States. There were no reported casualties in the attack. Nicholas Proffitt was arrested and charged in connection with the incident. Sources noted that Proffitt had previously attacked the mosque in 2009 and also stated that he targeted the building "because of the religion of those who worship there."



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Cape Girardeau

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Islamic Center of Cape Girardeau
Specific Description Islamic Center
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
Motor oil was 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
Anti-Muslim extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
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
"US: Authorities probe fire that damaged Missouri Islamic centre," Al Jazeera, April 25, 2020.
"Islamic Center Damaged in ‘Suspicious’ Fire on First Day of Ramadan," New York Times, April 24, 2020.
"Missouri man charged with hate crime in arson that destroyed Islamic Center," CBS News, April 30, 2020.