Incident Summary:

11/24/2011: Suspected anarchists threw a Molotov cocktail through the window of a tax office located on Cultural Centre Street in Alvalade district, Lisbon, Lisboa region, Portugal. The attack occurred in the early morning and the office was empty; no one was injured in the attack. In addition, the incendiary device burned out before it could do further damage beyond breaking the window. This was one of two attacks on separate tax offices on the same morning in Lisbon. No group claimed responsibility for either attack and specific motive is unknown; however, sources note that tax offices are visible representatives of the 'state' and are a strategic choice when targeting the 'cause' of financial hardships.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Cultural Centre Street, in Alvalade district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government
Specific Description A tax office in Lisbon
Nationality of Target Portugal
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 Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
A Molotov cocktail
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anarchists (suspected) 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
Valentina Marcelino and Elisabete Silva, "Anarchist Extremists Suspected of Attacks on Tax Offices," Diario de Noticias, November 25, 2011.
"Portuguese workers strike against bailout austerity," Mail and Guardian, November 24, 2011.