Incident Summary:

02/04/2020: An explosive device detonated in a restroom of the Lai Chi Kok public library in Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong, China. No casualties were reported in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident. Sources noted that the attack was motivated by public calls to close Hong Kong's borders to prevent the spread of COVID-19.




East Asia

region/u.s. state:

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Lai Chi Kok area of Sham Shui Po neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Lia Chi Kok Public Library
Specific Description Library
Nationality of Target China
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 Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
A homemade bomb 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 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
"Bomb disposal team called after explosion in Hong Kong public toilet near housing estate,", February 5, 2020.
"Bomb explodes in library toilet, suspicious package prompts scare at MTR station," Coconuts Hong Kong, February 5, 2020.