List of Murders by Islamists in the U.S. and in the U.S. Military

Compiled by Yoel Natan

21 Feb 2005


  This list represents Islamist murders that gained media attention in the U.S., and so does not count Islamist murders that were unreported in the media, or went unsolved. Incidents of assault and attempted murder where no one died are not listed.


Jul 1980 American converts to Islam murdered an Iranian dissident in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.


Aug 1983: A leader of the Ahmadiyya sect of Islam was killed in Canton, Michigan.

Aug 1984: Three Indians were killed in a suburb of Tacoma, Washington state.


Sep 1986: A doctor was killed in Augusta, Georgia.


Jan 1990 Rashad Khalifa, a freethinking biochemist from Egypt living in Tucson, Arizona, was stabbed to death to silence his heretical ideas.


5 Nov 1990 El Sayyid A. Nosair, 36, an Egyptian immigrant to the U.S., fatally shot Israeli Rabbi Meir Kahane in New York. Kahane had been expelled from the Knesset for inciting racism. Kahane advocated the expulsion of Arabs from Israel and Israeli-held lands. The 1991 trial of “lone gunman” Nosair was marked by violent protests by Muslims outside the courthouse who yelled “Death to Jews.” The judge and lawyers received death threats. Nosair was acquitted of the murder charge on the grounds that an adverse reaction to a prescription anti-depressant made him commit the crime. Nosair was later tried and convicted for involvement in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.


Feb 1991: An Egyptian Islamist was killed in New York.


Jan 1993: Two CIA staffers were killed outside agency headquarters in Langley, Virginia.


26 Feb 1993 The 1993 World Trade Center bombing killed six people.


1 Mar 1994 Rashid Baz, a Lebanese cab driver, opened fire on a van transporting Hasidic Jewish boys, killing one and wounding others. The incident occurred on the Brooklyn Bridge. The incident was wrongly attributed to “road rage,” but years later was officially classified as a terrorist crime.


4 Feb 1997 Ali Hasan Abu Kamal, a Palestinian, 69, killed seven tourists on an observation deck of the Empire State Building. Kamal was said to have had “Many, many enemies in his mind.”


Oct 1999 217 passengers were killed on an EgyptAir flight near New York City.


11 Sep 2001 The “9/11” attacks on the World Trade Center twin towers and the Pentagon killed about 3,000 people. Four fuel-laden airliners were used as flying bombs: two struck the WTC towers, one smashed into the side of the Pentagon, and one dived into a Pennsylvania cornfield”reportedly forced down by passengers who heard of the WTC attacks via cellphone conversations.


Oct 2001 The anthrax mailings in 2001 may have been related to the 9/11 attacks, and may have been carried out by a Muslim or Muslims. The letters were at least made to look as though the sender was a Muslim. Five people died of inhalation anthrax. No perpetrator has ever been indicted. Similar poison letter attacks have been made since.


4 Jul 2002 Hesham Mohamed Ali Hadayet, an Egyptian Muslim, murdered two people waiting in line at the El Al airline counter in the Los Angeles airport (LAX). The attack was originally described as “a work dispute.”


30 Jul 2002 Alim Hassan, 31, knifed his Hindu wife who was pregnant with twins, as well as his sister- and mother-in-law. He reportedly stabbed the three women more than twenty times each because the wife refused to convert to Islam. Alim Hassan regularly prayed at the El Tawheed Islamic Center of Jersey City, where Alaa Al-Sadawi was an imam. Al-Sadawi was charged with attempting to smuggle $650,000 to a terror charity in Egypt in 2002.


Oct 2002 The DC Beltway Snipers, who were two black converts to Islam, killed ten people and critically injured three in a shooting spree that lasted weeks.


6 Aug 2003 Muhammad Ali Al-Ayed, 23, a Saudi national, pleaded guilty to killing and nearly decapitating his Jewish friend, Ariel Sellouk, a Moroccan Jew. The murder weapon was butterfly knife with a four-inch blade. Al-Ayed has lived in Houston, Texas, during the past three years on a student visa.


27 Oct 2003 Kerron Lavern Otis, 36, of Port Arthur, Texas, shot and killed 55-year-old Frederick Wayne Arnold, and stole his car. Arnold was fishing in a canal near New Covenant Church on Texas Hwy 73, where he also was a deacon. Otis stated to police that he sought out a Christian to kill.


23 Mar 2004 Hasan Karim Akbar, 31, whose mother, Quran Bilal, changed his name from Mark Fidel Kools, was a sergeant in the 101st Airborne Division in Kuwait.  Akbar was quoted as saying, “You guys are coming into our countries, and you’re going to rape our women and kill our children,” referring to Gulf War II which had just started. Akbar attacked three command staff tents with grenades and gunfire, killing one soldier immediately, while another died two days later from wounds. Thirteen other soldiers were injured. The incident was attributed to an “attitude problem,” and a chaplains said it had nothing to do with Akbar’s Islamic faith.