Incident Summary:

08/03/2009: On Monday, in Bach, Steiermark, Austria, assailants set fire to the residence belonging to the chief executive officer of Novartis, destroying the residence but causing no casualties. The motive for the attack was thought to be because of Novartis work with animal research labs. The group Militant Forces Against Huntingdon (MFAH) Austria claimed responsibility for the attack.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place in Bach.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Novartis
Specific Description The residence belonging to a chief executive officer of a drug company
Nationality of Target Switzerland
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 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
Militant Forces Against Huntingdon Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
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
Associated Press Worldstream, "Novartis: Militants Steal Ashes of CEO's Mom," LexisNexis Academic, Associated Press Worldstream, August 04, 2009.
National Counterterrorism Center, "One Residence Damaged in Arson by MFAH in Bach, Steiermark, Austria," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, January 11, 2010.