Incident Summary:

05/01/2020: Assailants set fire to a mobile mast near a petrol station along A67 outside Maasbree, Limburg, Netherlands. There were no reported casualties in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, authorities suggested the attack may have been carried out in relation to the conspiracy theory regarding the link between 5G radio waves and the COVID-19 pandemic.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:


Near Maasbree

Location Details:
The incident occurred along A67 in Peel en Maas 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 Mast
Nationality of Target Netherlands
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
Conspiracy theory extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
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
"Sixth arrest made in telecom mast arson spree," NL Times, June 2, 2020.
"Three more attacks against mobile masts in Netherlands," Telecompaper Europe, May 4, 2020.