Incident Summary:

04/09/2006: An Islamic cemetery under construction in West Vienna, Austria was hit by arson when unidentified perpetrators scrawled "will be blown up" on the wall of a prayer room. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Islamic religion in Austria
Specific Description Islamic cemetery under construction in Vienna
Nationality of Target Austria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
It appeared that the incendiary material used for this attack was material available at the site.
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 anti-terrorist Office for Protection of the Constitution was making inquiries after the incident was noticed by a municipal worker in the morning. -- The attack was at the same time as a conference of European imams in the Austrian capital with about 130 delegates from 40 countries. --First investigation results on the attack were presented to Werner Autericky, head of investigations at the Federal Agency for State Protection and Counter-Terrorism (BVT). The investigation suggested that much of the damage like the graffiti, the broken panes, as well as the damage on the fence, were committed at an earlier date.
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
“Vienna Police Present First Investigation Results on Attack on Islamic Cemetery,” Vienna Der Standard (Internet Version-WWW) in German, April 10, 2006.
“Arson attack on Islamic cemetary in Vienna,” Deutche Presse-Agentur, April 09, 2006.
“Explosives found outside Vienna Muslim centre,” Agence France Presse -- English, April 09, 2006.