Incident Summary:

01/05/2009: On Monday, in Toulouse, France, a car that was set on fire with petrol bombs was pushed into the door of the a synagogue. About a dozen people were inside the synagogue at the time but nobody was hurt and the building only suffered slight damage. Police found unexploded petrol bombs inside a second car, which did not catch on fire. No motive was reported and no group claimed responsibility.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place in Toulouse.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity
Specific Description The synagogue was the target.
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
A vehicle was set on fire and used in the attack. Unexploded petrol bombs were intended for the attack as well.
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 No
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
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"Expatica, "Two Teenagers Over French Synagogue Attack," (January 22, 2009)."
"BBC Monitoring, "Petrol Bombs Hit French Synagogue," BBC Monitoring, Janurary 12, 2009."