Incident Summary:

06/19/2017: Assailants set fire to railway infrastructure in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. There were no reported casualties. This was one of 10 coordinated attacks on railways across Germany on this date. Shutdown G20: Take Hamburg offline! claimed responsibility for the incidents and stated that railway infrastructure was targeted because it represented "the central nervous system of capitalism."




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

North Rhine-Westphalia


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Deutsche Bahn AG
Specific Description Railway Infrastructure
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
Shutdown G20: Take Hamburg offline! 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
"'Political' fire attacks on rail lines cause delays across Germany," The Local Germany, June 19, 2017.
"Germany investigates railway arson attacks ahead of G-20," AP The Associated Press (Embargoed Data), June 19, 2017.
"Travel chaos after arson attacks on Germany's rail network," Business Standard India, June 19, 2017.