Incident Summary:

07/19/2000: An unidentified assailant broke into the 128th Air Refueling Wing air base at Mitchell International Airport, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States to place a bomb and scrawl graffiti calling for an end to intervention in Kosovo. The bomb failed to explode. A former National guardsman was arrested in connection with the attack; however, authorities confirmed it was a case of mistaken identity and dropped all charges.



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North America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity U.S. Military
Specific Description 128th Air Refueling Wing Aircraft
Nationality of Target United States
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
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
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
Andrew Tilghman, “Former National Guard pilot charged in bomb, graffiti incident,” The Associated Press, July 21, 2000.
Gretchen Ehlke, “Bombs found at National Guard base,” The Associated Press, July 19, 2000.
Meg Jones and Nick Sargent, “Bombs found at National Guard base; Man flees after leaving graffiti referring to strife in Yugoslavia,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 20, 2000.