Incident Summary:

10/21/2008: On Tuesday early in the morning, suspected Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels set fire to the Turkish embassy in Helsinki, Helsinki province, Finland, throwing several Molotov cocktails at the embassy door. The arson attack injured one person from smoke inhalation and damaged the embassy door before the fire was quickly put. Police speculated that the arson attack was carried out for political reasons. 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 embassy in Helsinki, Helsinki province, Finland.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity Turkish Embassy
Specific Description The Turkish Embassy
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 Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
Several Molotov cocktails were 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 / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
News Room Finland, "Finland: Turkish Embassy Blames PKK for Helsinki Attack," World News Connection, News Room Finland, October 21, 2008.
Hurriyet, "One Injured in Arson Attack on Turkish Embassy in Finland," World News Connection, Hurriyet, October 21, 2008.
International Herald Tribune, "Arson Attack on Turkish Embassy in Finland," International Herald Tribune, October 21, 2008.