The day Muslim terrorists took D.C. hostage

On a spring day in 1977, members of a fringe Muslim group, armed with shotguns and swords, took 100 members of a Jewish organization in Washington hostage. The group then stormed a rival mosque, holding prayer goers at gunpoint. And two blocks from the White House, the militants shot their way into the District’s government building, killing a reporter and a security guard, and leaving Marion Barry, then a council member, bleeding from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Forty years after one of the District’s most terrifying days, survivors of the “Hanafi siege” gathered for the first time in decades Thursday night to recount the dramatic if largely forgotten episode in Washington history.

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