Incident Summary:

01/26/2002: A trailer and two pieces of heavy machinery were burned at the construction site of the Microbial and Plant Genomics Research Center on the University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus. The Earth Liberation Front (ELF) claimed the attack, stating that the target was attacked for its research on genetically modified crops.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


St. Paul

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity University of Minnesota at St. Paul
Specific Description A construction site of the Microbial and Plant Genomics Research Center at University of Minnesota at St. Paul
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 $250,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
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
Heron Marquez Estrada, "Earth Liberation Front Claims Responsibility for 'U" Fire," Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 31, 2002.
"U Decries Politically Motivated Arson," University of Minnesota E News, February 7, 2002.