Incident Summary:

10/25/2020: Assailants threw incendiary devices at the Robert Koch Institute, the infectious disease agency advising the government on its response to COVID-19, in Tempelhof neighborhood, Berlin, Germany. There were no reported casualties in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Tempelhof neighborhood along General-Pape-Strasse.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Robert Koch Institute
Specific Description Headquarters
Nationality of Target Germany
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 Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
Molotov cocktails were 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
Unknown 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
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"German police investigate arson attack on infectious disease institute leading country's coronavirus response," One News Page, October 26, 2020.