Hanafi Muslim siege 30th anniversary

Thirty years ago today, 12 Hanafi Muslims took hostages at B’nai Brith Headquarters, The Islamic Center, and the District Building. From March 10, 1977 edition of The Post:

A tiny group of Hanafi Muslims, perhaps only 10 people altogether, terrorized the nation’s capital yesterday, killing, wounding and threatening a bloody end for dozens of hostages they captured at three busy locations. Late into the night, the Hanafi gunmen, members of a small black group of Muslims here who were armed with guns and machetes, held anywhere from 20 to 30 to 100 hostages at the B’nai B’rith headquarters on Rhode Island Avenue NW near Scott Circle, the Islamic Center on Massachusetts Avenue NW at the edge of Rock Creek Park, and in the D.C. City Council Chambers in the District Building downtown.

After 38 hours, the siege, led by Hamaas Abdul Khaalis, was over with two dead and Councilmember Marion Barry shot.

WUSA TV-9 recalls the day with videos of the original coverage.

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