Incident Summary:

12/09/2020: An explosive device detonated targeting the Biedronka Polish grocery store in Beverwijk, North Holland, Netherlands. There were no reported casualties. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, authorities arrested four suspects in relation to the attack, and sources noted that this was part of a larger spate of attacks against Polish grocery stores run by the same Iraqi-Kurdish family.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

North Holland


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Biedronka Supermarkets
Specific Description Polish Grocery Store
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
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources noted that there may have been a financial incentive for the assailants to carry out the attack. This incident was part of a pattern of attacks on Polish grocery stores in the Netherlands in December 2020 and January 2021 across incidents 202012070029, 202012070030, 202012090029, 202012120028, and 202101040001. This target was attacked on December 9, 2020, and December 12, 2020 across incidents 202012090029 and 202012120028.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 4
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 see explosions at Polish supermarkets as 'coordinated action'," Teller Report, December 15, 2020.