Incident Summary:

04/14/2020: Assailants set fire to a construction site and destroyed telecommunication cables outside of the Heinrich Hertz Institute in Charlottenburg area, Berlin, Germany. There were no reported casualties in the attack. Vulkangruppe NetzHerrschaft zerreissen claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was intended to "stop any further weakening of fundamental rights and the expansion of surveillance measures" in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Charlottenburg neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Construction Site
Nationality of Target Germany
Target Type: Telecommunication
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Cables
Nationality of Target Germany
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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
Vulkangruppe NetzHerrschaft zerreissen Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
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
"German leftist group claims attack on company linked to virus app," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, April 15, 2020.
"Anti-surveillance activists claim they set fire outside German institute developing Covid-19 tracking app," TravelWireNews, April 15, 2020.
"Anti-surveillance activists claim they set fire outside German institute developing Covid-19 tracking app," Russia Today, April 15, 2020.