Incident Summary:

04/22/2017: Assailants planted two incendiary devices at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. One device planted at Column 9 of the international terminal departure hall detonated while the second device failed to ignite. There were no reported casualties in the attack. The Provisional National Government of Vietnam claimed responsibility for the incident.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City

Location Details:
The incident occurred at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity Tan Son Nhat International Airport
Specific Description Airport
Nationality of Target Vietnam
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
Two remote-controlled petrol bombs hidden inside two cardboard boxes were 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
Provisional National Government of Vietnam Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
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
"Vietnam names US-based exile group a terrorist organization," San Jose Mercury News (California), January 31, 2018.
"Xinhua: 15 Imprisoned For Terrorist Act In Vietnam's HCM City," Xinhua, December 27, 2017.
"Vietnam tries plotters of Tan Son Nhat bomb attack for terrorism," Tuoi Tre News, December 26, 2017.