Incident Summary:

12/24/2017: A potential suicide bomber drove a vehicle filled with petrol canisters into the front of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) headquarters and set the vehicle on fire in Berlin, Germany. The assailant was injured in the attack. This was one of two incidents targeting political party headquarters carried out by the same assailant on this date. No group claimed responsibility; however, authorities arrested a 58-year old man in connection with the attacks.




Western Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Social Democratic Party (SPD)
Specific Description Headquarters
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 Gasoline or Alcohol
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Weapon Details
Petrol canisters, lighter fluid, and a blue vehicle were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
"Crash into Berlin's SPD attributed to suicide intent," Deutsche Welle, December 25, 2017.
"Australia: Driver rams car laden with petrol canisters into German SDP headquarters in Berlin," ABC Online, December 25, 2017.
"Car bomb attack fails," The Nelson Mail (Nelson), December 26, 2017.