Incident Summary:

04/10/2020: Assailants set fire to a transmission mast in Dronten, Flevoland, Netherlands. There were no reported casualties in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, authorities asserted that the attack may have been carried out in relation to a conspiracy theory regarding the link between 5G radio waves and the COVID-19 pandemic.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred next to a roundabout along Guldendreef and Gildemeesterdreef, in Dronten district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Telecommunication
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Sending Mast
Nationality of Target Netherlands
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 Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
Petrol 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
Conspiracy theory extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
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
"Third suspect arrested for transmission mast fires; another arson attempt," NL Times, April 30, 2020.
"Police release new footage of perpetrators setting transmission masts of fire," NL Times, April 22, 2020.