Incident Summary:

01/05/2015: An assailant set fire to the Hudavendigar Mosque in Plovdiv city, Plovdiv province, Bulgaria. There were no casualties in the incident, but the mosque sustained damage. Police later arrested Viktor Alexandrov, who confessed to the attack.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Hudavendigar Mosque
Specific Description Mosque
Nationality of Target Bulgaria
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 Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
Petrol 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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. The assailant stated that he was drunk during the incident and so may have lacked the necessary intention.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Muslim extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
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
"Bulgarian Mosque attacked, fire extinguished," World Bulletin, January 7, 2015.
"Bulgarian court jails man for trying to set fire to Plovdiv mosque," The Sofia Globe, April 27, 2015.