Incident Summary:

05/24/2001: An estimated 30 skinhead males attacked an Italian woman in Leipzig, Germany. The woman was not injured however the perpetrators hit a German passerby in the head and finally clashed with police, injuring one officer in the eye. Seven extremists were arrested, but only one was detained. Reports did not state whether the individuals were affiliated in a specific group. The same group of men was suspected for also attacking two Iranian men in a nearby city.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilian
Specific Description Italian woman in Leipzig, Germany
Nationality of Target Italy
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information This was one of two related attacks (cf. 200105240001-02). The perpetrators yelled racially obscenities at the victim. Of the 7 detained, 6 were released.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 30
Number of Captured Perpetrators 7
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Skinheads on rampage in two German towns,” Agence France Presse, May 25, 2001.
“Skinheads Attack Foreigners in Hanover, Woman Injured in Leipzig,” Deutschlandfunk, May 25, 2001.