Incident Summary:

01/28/2020: An explosive device was discovered and safely defused in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. There were no reported casualties in the attack. An unidentified group claimed responsibility for the incident and “demanded that the government close the city’s borders to prevent the spread of the coronavirus from the mainland.”




East Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Maritime
Name of Entity Shenzhen Bay Control Point
Specific Description Port
Nationality of Target China
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Remote Trigger
Weapon Details
A homemade explosive device consisting of nitrate explosives, a light bulb, cable wire, and a circuit board with a mobile phone as a triggering mechanism 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.
"Unexploded IED found at Shenzhen border control point, after suspected bomb destroys second Hong Kong toilet in 24 hours," South China Morning Post, January 28, 2020.
"Bomb found in rubbish bin at Shenzhen border control point; Discovery comes just hours after an incendiary device triggers blaze in a public toilet in Jordan," South China Morning Post, January 28, 2020.