Incident Summary:

01/27/2020: An explosive device detonated in a restroom at the Caritas Medical Centre in So Uk, Hong Kong, China. There were no reported casualties in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, an anonymous claim was posted online after the attack.




East Asia

region/u.s. state:

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Location Details:
The incident occurred in So Uk area of Sham Shui Po neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Caritas Medical Centre
Specific Description Hospital
Nationality of Target Hong Kong
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
Explosives Remote Trigger
Weapon Details
A remote-detonated homemade bomb containing 500 grams of explosive material 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
Additional Information A series of arrests in March potentially linked this attack with other related incidents including 202001270002 and 202001280008.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
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
"Raid in bomb factory, 17 held," Chandigarh Tribune, March 9, 2020.
"Hospital bomb 'may be linked to protests'; Message warns 'more to come' and demands border closure amid coronavirus crisis," South China Morning Post, January 27, 2020.
"Small suspected homemade bomb explodes at Hong Kong hospital, no injuries," Reuters UK, January 27, 2020.