Incident Summary:

05/05/2005: Unidentified perpetrators threw two small, homemade grenades at a building housing the British Consulate in New York City, New York, United States. No one was harmed in the attack, but the building sustained some minor damage. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

New York City

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity British Consulate
Specific Description The office of the British Consulate in New York City
Nationality of Target Great Britain
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description New York City civilians
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 Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Grenade
Weapon Details
The two grenades used in the attack were homemade.
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 attack occurred on the same day as Britain's national elections.
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
Tom Hays, “Grenades Damage British Consulate in N.Y.,” The Associated Press, May 05, 2005.
“Police Questions Man about British Consulate Blast,” Xinhua General News Service, May 05, 2005.
James Bone, Michael Evans and Stewart Tendler, “Attack on New York Consulate a Reminder of Threat,” The Times, May 06, 2005.