Incident Summary:

10/19/2019: Assailants hurled Molotov cocktails targeting the Medan Legal Aid office in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. There were no reported casualties in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident. Sources noted the attack was likely due to the law office’s work towards supporting students fighting a controversial anti-corruption law.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

North Sumatra


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Medan Legal Aid
Specific Description Office
Nationality of Target Indonesia
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
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
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
"Cocktail Bombs Thrown at Medan Legal Aid Office Cocktail bombs were thrown at the roof of Medan's Legal Aid Office on Saturday, October 19. 21 Oktober 2019 11:04 WIB,", October 21, 2019.