Incident Summary:

05/10/2002: A hand grenade exploded in front of J. Steiner’s house, a local Alderman, in Brunssum, Netherlands. No one was injured in the attack. However, Steiner's wife's car was destroyed in the explosion. Steiner was the Alderman who represented the Brunssum Christian Democrats in the municipal council and local authorities believed that the bombing may have been a politically motivated attack. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




Western Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Brunssum Government
Specific Description Alderman J Steiner
Nationality of Target Netherlands
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
Explosives Grenade
Weapon Details
A hand grenade was thrown at Steiner's house, detonating near his wife's car.
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 Alderman J.Steiner was under some political scrutiny for opposing the sale of cannibus in local coffee shops.
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 / 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
“Netherlands: Grenade Explodes in Front of Alderman's Home in Brunssum,” NRC Handelsblad, May 12, 2002.