Incident Summary:

07/08/2011: On Friday night sometime just before 0500, in Gothenburg, Vastra Gotaland, Sweden, members of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) used hammers to break the windows of a McDonald's and gain entry. Once inside the group spread 10 liters of gasoline throughout the dining area and then exited. After they exited they tossed the gas containers back inside with some ALF slogans written on them, followed by some lit matches. An unknown amount of damage was caused by the fire that resulted. A communication was posted by the group on the Biteback website.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Vastra Gotaland


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity McDonald's
Specific Description A McDonald's
Nationality of Target Sweden
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 Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Animal Liberation Front (ALF) Europe Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
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
Bite Back, "McDonald's Firebombed in Gothenburg," Bite Back, July 8, 2011,
GOteborgs Posten, "Sweden: Arsonists Attack McDonald's in Gothenburg," LexisNexis Academic, GOteborgs Posten, July 9, 2011.