Incident Summary:

03/09/2018: Five assailants threw Molotov cocktails targeting the Aksemsettin Mosque in Lauffen am Neckar, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. There were no reported casualties. The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) claimed responsibility for the incident.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:


Lauffen am Neckar

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Aksemsettin Mosque
Specific Description Mosque
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 Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
Molotov cocktails 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
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 5
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
"Berlin - Arson attacks hit Turkish community sites in Germany," AFP (North European Service), March 12, 2018.
"Arson attack on mosque in Berlin," Al Jazeera, March 11, 2018.
"Berlin - German police open murder probe after mosque arson," AFP (North European Service), March 10, 2018.