Incident Summary:

09/11/2014: An assailant threw two Molotov cocktails at the office of United States Congressman, Emanuel Cleaver, in Kansas City, Missouri, United States. There were no reports of casualties or property damage in the attack. Police arrested Eric King, whom they describe as an anarchist, in connection with the attack. When arrested, King was found in possession of a letter confessing to the crime, stating that the attack in retaliation to deaths throughout the Middle East and Chile as well as events in Ferguson, Missouri.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Kansas City

Location Details:
The incident occurred along West 31st street.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity United States House of Representatives
Specific Description Office of Representative: Emanuel Cleaver
Nationality of Target United States
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
Molotov cocktails were 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
Anarchists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
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
"Man charged in attempted firebombing of US Rep. Emanuel Cleaver's office in Kansas City," Minneapolis Star Tribune, September 17, 2014.
"FBI probes attempted firebombing of US Rep. Emanuel Cleaver's office in Kansas City,", September 11, 2014.
"FBI, Police Investigate Molotov Cocktails at Congressman's Office," ABC News, September 11, 2014.