Incident Summary:

09/04/2009: On Friday night around 0330, an assailant toppled two transmission towers at an AM radio transmitter site in Everett, Snohomish county, Washington, United States, using a stolen track hoe that was being used for trenching at the site. The transmission towers, belonging to the sports radio station KRKO, were destroyed and the AM antenna was significantly damanged, causing more than $2 million in damage. The Earth Liberation Front claimed responsibility for the attack.



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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Telecommunication
Name of Entity KRKO Radio Station
Specific Description Two radio transmission towers
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage $2,000,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Sabotage Equipment
Weapon Details
A track hoe 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
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
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
Kiro TV, "Two Radio Transmission Towers Damaged in Assault by Earth Liberation Front in Snohomish, Washington, United States," Kiro TV, September 4, 2009.
Associated Press, "Vandals Bring Down KRKO Towers," (September 4, 2009).