Incident Summary:

09/23/2018: Assailants set fire to an eighteenth century church in Joensuu, North Karelia, Finland. There were no casualties in the attack, but the church was destroyed in the attack. An unidentified individual was arrested and claimed responsibility for the incident.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

North Karelia


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Kiihtelysvaara Church
Specific Description Church
Nationality of Target Finland
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
Weapon Details
A flammable liquid was 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
Unknown Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
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
"Eastern Finland Church Burns To The Ground, Police Suspect Arson,", September 23, 2018.
"Police Catch Four People Suspected of Arson of Almost 250-Year-Old Church in Joensuu," Finland Today, September 25, 2018.