Incident Summary:

10/18/2008: On Saturday, suspected Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) supporters carried out an arson attack on a Turkish club in Vienna-Hernals, Vienna (Wien) province, Austria. The arson attack caused minimal damage to the building but caused no casualties. No claim of responsibility for the incident was made, however the Interior Ministry suspected that PKK supporters were behind the incident.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The arson attack took place at a Turkish club in Vienna-Hernals, Vienna (Wien) province, Austria.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity
Specific Description An un-named Turkish club
Nationality of Target Turkey
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
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
An unknown incendiary device was used in the arson attack.
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) (suspected) 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
Die Presse, "Series of Attacks on Turkish, Kurdish Facilities Continues," World News Connection, Die Presse, October 27, 2008.
Associated Press Worldstream, "Arsonists Target Kurdish Club in Vienna," Lexis Nexis, Associated Press Worldstream, October 25, 2008.