Incident Summary:

10/19/2008: On Sunday, suspected Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels broke into the Turkish consulate by throwing a rock through the window of the building and then set fire to the Turkish Consulate in Salzburg, Salzburg province, Austria, using a Molotov cocktail. The arson attack caused an unknown amount of damage to the Turkish Consulate building. No casualties were reported and no claim of responsibility was made for the incident.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The arson attack took place at the Turkish Consulate in Salzburg, Salzburg province, Austria

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity Turkish Consulate
Specific Description The Turkish Consulate
Nationality of Target Turkey
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Blunt Object
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
A rock was used in the melee attack and a molotov cocktail 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
International Herald Tribune, "Arson Attack on Turkish Embassy in Finland," International Herald Tribune, October 21, 2008.
Die Press, "Austria: Series of Attacks on Turkish, Kurdish Facilities Continues," World News Connection, Die Press, October 27, 2008.