Incident Summary:

12/06/2019: Assailants threw a training grenade into a center for immigrant children in Hortaleza district, Madrid, Spain. The grenade was safely detonated by the bomb squad. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Anti-Immigrant extremists.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Hortaleza district of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Hortaleza Center for Immigrant Children
Specific Description Center
Nationality of Target Spain
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Grenade
Weapon Details
A training grenade 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
Anti-Immigrant extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
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
"Far-right blamed for Madrid attacks; Grenade thrown in latest incident blamed on politicians' anti-immigrant rhetoric," The Irish Times, December 6, 2019.
"Grenade thrown at migrant children's centre in Madrid; Property in Hortaleza had previously been singled out for criticism by far-right Vox party," The Guardian (London), December 4, 2019.
"Police deton a hand grenade thrown at Hortaleza juvenile centre," CE Noticias Financieras English, December 4, 2019.