Incident Summary:

12/12/2010: On Sunday, in an unspecified location in France, members of the Animals Rights Militia (ARM) set fire to the Biomatech research center's administration building, which destroyed two floors of the building. There were no casualties and ARM claimed responsibility for the attack. The group also mentioned that they used gas cans to set the fire and that six people were involved with the incident.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity NAMSA - Biomatech
Specific Description The NAMSA - Biomatech research center administration building
Nationality of Target France
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 Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
Gasoline 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
Animal Rights Militia (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 6
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
Bite Back, "Fire Devastates Contract Research Organization," Bite Back, January 21, 2011,
NAMSA - Biomatech, "Business to Continue at NAMSA’s France Facility after Fire," (December 13, 2010).