Incident Summary:

05/08/1998: A number of Molotov cocktails were thrown at a number of vehicles and motorcycles in Macau, China. The attacks, which occurred within a two-hour period, damaged 14 vehicles and 8 motorcycles, but caused no injuries. Two shops were also affected by the fire but suffered only minor damage. The group 14 K Triad was suspected in the attack.




East Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity
Specific Description Shops in Macau, China
Nationality of Target China
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Vehicles and Motorcycles in Macau, China
Nationality of Target China
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom 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
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
Additional Information This was one of four related attacks (cf. 199805110001-03; 199805080002). Local media reportedly received anonymous phone calls the day of the attacks claiming that 100 vehicles would be burned in response to the pre-trial detention of Wan. Edmund Ho, who was expected to be Macau's first chief executive in 1999, reportedly owned one of the shops damaged in this attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
14 K Triad (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 8
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
Harald Bruning, “Macao Jittery After 22 Arson Attacks on Vehicles,” Hong Kong Standard, May 9, 1998.
“Further Fire Bomb Attacks in Macao,” Hong Kong RTHK Radio 4, May 8, 1998.
“Eight Arrested in Macao Following Molotov Cocktail Attacks,” Lisbon RTP International Television in Portuguese, May 12, 1998.