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
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
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.
"US election: Republican office in North Carolina vandalised," BBC, October 16, 2016.
"Mike Pence Calls Suspected Firebombing at NC GOP Office 'Act of Political Terrorism'," ABC News, October 18, 2016.