Incident Summary:

4/29/2000: A Yugoslav-made hand grenade exploded in a discotheque in Hamburg, Germany. Approximately 1500 people were in the disco at the time of the explosion, but only nine people were wounded; two were seriously wounded. A week later, a man who had been identified by photographs was arrested in connection to the bombing. There is speculation that the bombing may have been related to a battle over territory.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
J's, a discotheque in the St.Pauli red-light district in Hamburg

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians at a discotheque in Hamburg
Nationality of Target Germany
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Grenade
Weapon Details
A Yugoslav-made hand grenade
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information One source states that eight people were injured while two state that nine people were injured
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 9 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 9
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Nine injured after hand grenade explodes in Hamburg disco," Associated Press, April 29, 2000."
"Germany - bomb eight injured when hand grenade explodes inside German disco," EFE News Service, April 29, 2000."
"Suspect arrested over Hamburg disco grenade attack," Reuters, May 7, 2000."