Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

March 9, 2005

Hanafi Muslims Hold Hostages in D.C.

Filed under: — Different River @ 7:43 pm

Twenty-seven years ago today, on March 9, 1977, twelve armed Hanafi Muslims stormed the District Building (city hall), the B’nai B’rith International Center (headquarters), and — for some reason — the Islamic Center. They took more than a hundred hostages, killed one person (reporter Maurice Williams), and wounded several, including two B’nai B’rith employees, then-councilman Marion Barry, and Bob Pierce, a legal intern for a city councilman who was paralyzed for life by a of a shotgun blast to the back as he was lying face down on the floor.

One story of the event is here. Another is here. An eyewitness account from one of the hostages at B’nai B’rith is here.

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