Incident Summary:

07/27/2000: Ten people were injured when a TNT-filled pipe bomb exploded around 3:00p.m. at the S-Bahn rail station in Dusseldorf, Germany. At least nine of the ten casualties were foreign students, including six Russian and Ukrainian Jews. A neo-Nazi extremist and former German soldier identified as Ralf S. was arrested in 2017 in connection with the attack.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

North Rhine-Westphalia


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not applicable
Specific Description Foreign language students
Nationality of Target Multinational
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Rail Europe
Specific Description S-Bahn Rail Station
Nationality of Target Germany
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Dynamite/TNT
Weapon Details
"A pipe bomb filled with TNT. Described as a ""splinter bomb."""
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 Police stated that the bombing bore the hallmarks of the Soho and Brixton nail-bomb attacks mounted by neo-Nazi David Copeland in 2001.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Neo-Nazi extremists (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 10 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 10
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
John Hooper, “Far-right link sought after bomb blast,” The Guardian, July 29, 2000.
“Dusseldorf splinter bomb work of neo-Nazi, police say,” Ottawa Citizen, July 29, 2000.
"'Neo-Nazi' arrested for bomb attack on foreigners in Düsseldorf 17 years ago," The Local/DPA, February 1, 2017."