Incident Summary:

03/17/2017: Assailants set fire to police vehicle outside the residence of Mayor Olaf Scholz in Hamburg, Germany. There were no reported casualties in the attack. This was one of two related arsons carried out by the assailants on this date. The Fire and Flame for the Police (FFdP) claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for alleged violent threats by authorities regarding potential demonstrations during the G20 summit.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Hamburg
Specific Description Mayor: Olaf Scholz's
Nationality of Target Germany
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Hamburg Police
Specific Description Vehicle
Nationality of Target Germany
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 Arson/Fire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Fire and Flame for the Police (FFdP) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
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
"Extreme-left activists claim responsibility for Hamburg arson ahead of July G20," Deutsche Welle, March 17, 2017.