Incident Summary:

1/18/2001: Two explosions disrupted business at Schiphol airport, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands. The cause of the explosions are unknown, but they originated in a bathroom in the Arrivals hall. There people were injured and several airport businesses were set on fire. Most of the airport and the railway station were evacuated. No group has claimed responsibility and motive is unknown. However, sources speculate that the blast may have been caused by youths from the Indonesian Maluku islands.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

North Holland


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity Amsterdam airport
Specific Description Amsterdam's Schiphol airport
Nationality of Target Netherlands
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in the airport
Nationality of Target Netherlands
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Two explosions in a bathroom
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 This may have been the work of youth pranksters or criminals.
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 / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Terminal fire disrupts Amsterdam airport," Agence France-Presse, January 18, 2001.
Anthony Deutsch, "Explosion, fire injure three at Amsterdam airport," Associated Press, January 18, 2001.
"Blast hits Amsterdam airport, no injuries," Reuters, January 18, 2001.