Incident Summary:

02/26/2017: Assailants set fire to the Resta Gard refugee center in Vanersborg, Vastra Gotaland, Sweden. At least 15 people were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Vastra Gotaland


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Resta Gard camp.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Resta Gard Refugee Center
Specific Description Refugee Center
Nationality of Target Sweden
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 Arson/Fire
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
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
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 / 15 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 15
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Fire at Swedish Asylum Shelter Injures 15 to 20," CBS 58, February 26, 2017."
"Several injured in fire at Sweden's largest asylum centre; One man seriously injured after jumping from a third floor window to try to escape," The Independent, February 27, 2017."
"Fire at Swedish asylum centre,", February 28, 2017."