Incident Summary:

07/31/2006: German authorities announced on 8/18/2006 that they had uncovered a plot to blow up two trains in West Germany using propane bombs concealed in suitcases. The bombs were to explode 10 minutes before reaching their destinations. Bombs made it onto the trains but were discovered when rail workers noticed the abandoned luggage. Two men, with alleged links to Hizb al-Tahrir al-Islami (HT), were arreseted in connection to the plot.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

North Rhine-Westphalia


Location Details:
The incident was to take place on two trains leaving Cologne for Koblenz and Dortmund, West Germany.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Unknown
Nationality of Target Germany
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
The bombs were constructed of propane tanks, gasoline bottles, ignition switches, and timers. They were hidden in two suitcases and placed on trains. They were similar to the technique used in the Madrid Bombings.
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 Incident was set to be carried out on July 31, 2006 but the information was not released by German authorities until August 18, 2006.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Hizb al-Tahrir al-Islami (HT) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
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
Jeffrey Fleishman, "The World; German Policy Seeking Suspects in Failed Plot to Bomb 2 Trains," Los Angeles Times, August 19, 2006.
Landler, Mark, "Bomb Plot Shocks Germans Into Antiterrorism Debate," The New York Times, August 22, 2006.
Landler, Mark, "2nd suspect captured in German bomb plot; Fugitive surrenders to Lebanese police," The International Herald Tribune, August 25, 2006.