Incident Summary:

12/24/2015: An assailant set fire to a refugee hostel in Wallerstein town, Bavaria state, Germany. This was one of two related attacks on refugee hostels in this area on this day. Twelve people were injured across both attacks. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Refugee Hostel
Nationality of Target
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 Arson/Fire
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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources stated that the assailant was heavily inebriated. Casualty numbers for this incident represent a division of a cumulative total of killed and wounded across incidents 201512240046 and 201512240047.
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 / 6 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 6
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"German migrant crisis: Arson suspected in refugee home fires," BBC Online, December 24, 2015.
"12 Injured in Arson Attack German Town," Qatar News Agency, December 24, 2015.