Incident Summary:

"10/16/2016: Assailants threw a Molotov cocktail targeting a Republican Party (GOP) office in Hillsborough, North Carolina, United States. There were no reported casualties in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources noted that the assailants spray-painted "Nazi Republicans leave town or else" on the building."



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

North Carolina


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Republican Party (GOP)
Specific Description Office
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages 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
A firebomb 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) No
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
"North Carolina G.O.P. Building Is Firebombed," The New York Times, October 17, 2016."
"Mike Pence Calls Suspected Firebombing at NC GOP Office 'Act of Political Terrorism'," ABC News, October 18, 2016."
"US election: Republican office in North Carolina vandalised," BBC, October 16, 2016."