Incident Summary:

01/03/2001: Members of a group calling itself "For a Revolutionary Perspective" placed an explosive device in front of the offices of the El-Al Airlines in Zurich, Switzerland. No injuries were reported, but the explosion seriously damaged the facility, causing $5,500 in damage.




Western Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity El-Al Airline
Specific Description The Zurich offices of El-Al Airlines
Nationality of Target Israel
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage $5,500.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Time Fuse
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 For a Revolutionary Perspective claimed responsibility with a fax to the Swiss news agency ATS. Five days after this attack, the group published a manifesto, titled "Communiqué from Militants in Switzerland."
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Revolutionary Perspective Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Other)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
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
"Blast Damages Israeli Airline Office in Zurich,” Agence France Presse, January 3, 2001.
“Israeli Airline Office in Zurich Attacked,” Xinhua News Agency,” January 3, 2001.
“Israel Airline Targeted in Zurich Attack,” BBC News, January 3, 2001.