Incident Summary:

11/24/2014: Assailants mailed an envelope containing poison to the interior minister in Prague city, Prague region, Czech Republic. This was one of two poison-filled envelopes sent to Czech politicians on the same day. Both envelopes were intercepted before they reached their targets. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.



Czech Republic

Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Czech Ministry of the Interior
Specific Description Minister: Milan Chovanec
Nationality of Target Czech Republic
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Chemical Poisoning
Weapon Details
A poisoned letter was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources noted the incident may have been a reaction to the Czech government's anti-drug activities or to the government's involvement in Iraq.
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
"Czechs raise security after ministers get poison by mail," Reuters, November 28, 2014.
"Czech ministers targeted with poison," Press TV, November 24, 2014.