Incident Summary:

08/15/2016: Two assailants threw Molotov cocktails at the Turkish Avrasya Culture and Sports Association building in Wels, Upper Austria, Austria. There were no reported casualties in the attack. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the incident to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Upper Austria


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Turkish Avrasya Culture and Sports Association
Specific Description Building
Nationality of Target Austria
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
Two petrol bombs 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
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
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
"Austria arrests two after arson attack on Turkish cultural center," Jerusalem Post, August 15, 2016.
"Arson attempt on Turkish center in Austria, 2 arrested," Daily Sabah Online, August 15, 2016.