Incident Summary:

08/02/2000: A group of armed mainland Chinese protestors attacked staff at Hong Kong's Immigration Tower demanding the right to live in Hong Kong, China. At least 36 people were injured, some seriously, when the protestors stabbed officials with knives and then set fire to themselves. Six arrests were made.



Hong Kong

East Asia

region/u.s. state:

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Immigration Tower
Specific Description Hong Kong's Immigration Tower
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 Arson/Fire
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Attackers lit themselves on fire with flammable liquid
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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 6
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 16 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 16
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 20
"HK Immigration Chief Vows To Enforce Immigration Rules in Wake of Bombing,” Agence France Presse, August 3, 2000.
"Hong Kong Immigration Officers Injured in Firebomb Attack,” Hong Kong RTHK Radio 3, August 2, 2000.
"PRC Protestors Attack HK Immigration Office, Set Fire to Themselves,” Agence France Presse, August 2, 2000.