Incident Summary:

04/20/2004: The Earth Liberation Front (ELF) is suspected of setting fire to three luxury homes in Snohomish, Washington, U.S.A., that caused about $1 million in damages. The perpetrators targeted new homes located in a golf course subdivision. A spokesman for ELF reportedly said that they believe that one of their members perpetrated the attack but were not completely certain.



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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Lake Heights Development
Specific Description A luxury housing development Snohomish, Washington
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Private Residences
Specific Description Luxury homes in Snohomish, Washington
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage $1,000,000.00
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
Additional Information The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it believes the fires were caused by arson, but it did not identify any persons or groups of interest.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
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
"ELF claims responsibility in Snohomish County fires," The Associated Press, April 20, 2004.
"More Gasoline Bottles Found in homes under construction," The Associated Press, April 21, 2004.