Incident Summary:

01/26/2011: On Wednesday, in St. Gall city, St. Gall, Switzerland, suspected left-wing extremists planted an improvised explosive device, but it was found and safely defused by security forces after an internet statement by a group calling itself Revolutionary Perspective warned of an attack. No casualties or damages were reported and no group claimed responsibility.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Saint Gallen

St. Gall

Location Details:
The attack took place in St. Gall city, St. Gall, Switzerland.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Switzerland
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
An improvised explosive 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
Unknown 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
Jane's Intelligence, "Security Forces Make Safe IED in Switzerland's Sankt Gallen," Terrorism Watch Report, Reuters, January 27, 2011.
Philippa Fletcher, "UPDATE UPDATE One- Minor Explosion in Davos Hotel, Nobody Hurt," Reuters, January 27, 2011,
World Markets Research Centre, "Small Blast Targets World Economic Forum in Switzerland," LexisNexis Academic, World Markets Research Centre, January 28, 2011.