Incident Summary:

02/20/1999: Kurdish supporters of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan stormed the Turkish Airlines office in Rome, Italy with clubs and rocks and set the premises on fire using Molotov cocktails and other incendiary material. The building sustained some fire damage, but there were no casualties.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity Turkish Airlines
Specific Description Turkish Airlines office in Rome, Italy
Nationality of Target Turkey
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 Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Melee Blunt Object
Weapon Details
The assailants used Molotov cocktails, other incendiary devices, sticks, and rocks.
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
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) 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
“Anatolia: 'Terrorist' Supporters Attack THY Rome Bureau,” Anatolia, February 20, 1999.
"Time Bomb Thrown at THY Bureau Not Exploded By Luck,” Anatolia, February 20, 1999.
"Rome: Kurd Protestors Firebomb Turkish Airline Office,” ANSA, February 20, 1999.