Incident Summary:

09/02/2013: Assailants set fire to Gran Turismo Autos, a luxury car showroom, in West Melbourne area, Melbourne city, Victoria state, Australia. The fire damaged several vehicles, but did not cause any casualties. The Felicity Ann Ryder Cell of the Informal Anarchist Federation claimed responsibility for the attack in a post online; however, police denied that the group was involved in the incident.




Australasia & Oceania

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the West Melbourne area of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Gran Turismo Autos
Specific Description Car Dealership
Nationality of Target Australia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Authorities suspected that the fire may have been accidentally started by a lit cigarette.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Informal Anarchist Federation Felicity Ann Ryder Cell 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
"Anarchists claim responsibility for fire at luxury West Melbourne car dealership, but police have doubts," Herald Sun (Australia), September 3, 2013.
"Signs Of Life In Australia : A Chronology of Recent Anarchist & Anti-Colonial Activity Down Under," 325, May 7, 2014.