Incident Summary:

05/20/2020: Assailants set fire to the First Pentecostal Church in Holly Springs, Mississippi, United States. There were no reported casualties in the attack. An unknown group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, the assailants left graffiti that stated "Bet you stay home now you hypokrits" in reference to a recent lawsuit the church levied to attempt to remain open and hold services during the COVID-19 lockdown.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Holly Springs

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity First Pentecostal Church
Specific Description Church
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 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
Unknown 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
"Church that fought distancing burned down; United states," The National Post, May 23, 2020.
"Mississippi Church Fighting City's Coronavirus Lockdown Burns Down In Suspected Arson," International Business Times, May 22, 2020.
"Mississippi church suing on virus restrictions burns down," WDSU New Orleans, May 21, 2020.