Incident Summary:

04/14/2020: Assailants set fire to a transmission mast along Sluiskade in Almere, Flevoland, Netherlands. There were no reported casualties in the attack. This was one of two related incidents targeting masts in Almere on the same day. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, authorities asserted that the attacks 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 along Sluiskade in Almere Haven neighborhood in Almere 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 Transmission 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 Arson/Fire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
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 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
"Police release new footage of perpetrators setting transmission masts of fire," NL Times, April 22, 2020.
"Rijswijk transmission mast torched; 15th 5G arson," NL Times, April 17, 2020.