Incident Summary:

03/11/2018: Assailants threw Molotov cocktails targeting the Turkish-Germany Friendship Association cultural center in Meschede, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. There were no reported casualties. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Kurdish Militants.




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: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Turkish-German Friendship Association Cultural Center
Specific Description Cultural Center
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 $1,761.57
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
Kurdish extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 3
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.
"Turkish-Islamic group DITIB calls for better mosque protection in Germany after attacks," Deutsche Welle, March 11, 2018.
"Germany: Arson Attacks on Mosques, Turkish Properties Throughout Country," Summary, March 12, 2018.