Incident Summary:

12/28/2003: The anarchist group called Informal Anarchic Federation (FAI) sent a letter bomb addressed to the headquarters of the European police organization (Europol), office of the director Jurgen Storbeck. The bomb, was the size and shape of a book, and was defused by Dutch military experts, injuring no one.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

South Holland

The Hague

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity European police organization (Europol)
Specific Description European police organisation (Europol) chief Juergen Storbeck
Nationality of Target Germany
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Letter Bomb
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Informal Anarchist Federation 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
Patrick Lannin, “Europe on Alert as Bomb Found in Letters,” The Globe and Mail (Canada), December 31, 2003
“Parcel Bomb at Europol Headquarters Came from Bologna: Prosecutor,” Agence France Presse, December 30, 2003.
Toby Sterling, “Bomb Sent by Mail Defused at Europol Headquarters in the Hague,” Associated Press Worldstream, December 29, 2003.