Incident Summary:

12/24/2017: An assailant left a container of flammable substances in front of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) headquarters at Klingelhoferstrasse 8 in Berlin, Germany. There were no reported casualties as the device failed to ignite. 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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Location Details:
The incident occurred at Klingelhoferstrasse 8.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Christian Democratic Union (CDU)
Specific Description Headquarters
Nationality of Target Germany
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
A bag containing barbecue lighting substances and gas cartridges was used in the attack.
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
Unknown No
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
"Australia: Driver rams car laden with petrol canisters into German SDP headquarters in Berlin," ABC Online, December 25, 2017.
"Crash into Berlin's SPD attributed to suicide intent," Deutsche Welle, December 25, 2017.
"Car bomb attack fails," The Nelson Mail (Nelson), December 26, 2017.