Incident Summary:

06/08/2020: Assailants set fire to a cell phone tower along Ferndown Avenue in Papatoetoe, Auckland, New Zealand. There were no reported casualties in the attack. This was one of three similar arson incidents targeting towers in Auckland overnight. No group claimed responsibility; however, authorities suspected that the incident may have been motivated by a conspiracy theory suggesting an unsubstantiated link between 5G radio waves and the COVID-19 pandemic.



New Zealand

Australasia & Oceania

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred along Ferndown Avenue.

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 Cell Phone Tower
Nationality of Target New Zealand
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?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
"CELL PHONE TOWERS ATTACKED," Papakura Courier, June 10, 2020.