Incident Summary:

10/19/2008: On Sunday, suspected Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK / Kongra GEL) supporters carried out an arson attack on the Turkish consulate in Salzburg, Austria. The arson attack caused minimal damage to the building but caused no casualties. No claim of responsibility for the arson attack 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 occurred at the Turkish Consulate in Salzburg, 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 PKK supporters targeted the Turkish consulate.
Nationality of Target Turkey
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
An unknown incendiary device was used in the 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.
Agence France Presse, "Suspected Arson Attack Strikes Turkish Consulate in Austria," LexisNexis Academic, Agence France Presse, October 19, 2008.