Incident Summary:

12/23/2016: Security forces discovered and defused an explosive device outside of a Turkish community center in Brussels, Belgium. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Schaerbeek neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Turkish Federation of Belgium
Specific Description Community Center
Nationality of Target Belgium
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
An explosive device containing a gas tube and an ignition system and planted inside a bag 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. Authorities were unable to determine if the explosive device contained a detonator, and therefore the device may not have been viable.
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
"Brussels - Suspected bomb found at Turkish centre in Brussels," AFP (North European Service), December 23, 2016.
"Police Neutralize Possible Explosive Device Outside Turkish Office in Brussels," New York Times, December 23, 2016.
"Bomb destroyed near Turkish center in Brussels," Anadolu Agency (AA), December 23, 2016.