Incident Summary:

3/3/2006: Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar rented a Jeep Cherokee and drove it through a crowed of people gathered in "The Pit" on the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill campus in North Carolina, United States. His intention was to hurt or kill people in order to "avenge the deaths of Muslims around the world." He was acting alone. Although he was born in Iran, he was raised in the United States and was a citizen of the United States.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

North Carolina

Chapel Hill

Location Details:
"The Pit" on the University of North Carolina campus

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Students
Specific Description Students gathered the University of North Carolina campus in an area called "The Pit"
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Weapon Details
The individual drove a Jeep Cherokee into a group of students gathered in an area known as "The Pit".
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
Additional Information The individual drove his rented Jeep Cherokee into a common gathering area, with the intention of killing people, in order to "avenge the deaths of Muslims around the world." He was born in Iran, but grew up in the United States and became a full U.S. citizen in 1991. He appears to have acted alone.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Muslim extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 9 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 9
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Karin Rives, "UNC attacker sought revenge; But Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar appears to have acted alone, campus police say", The News and Observer, March 5, 2006
Jim Nesbitt, "UNC attack called terror; Experts say driver was, luckily, inept", The News & Observer, March 14, 2006
Emery P. Dalesio, "Suspect rented SUV to maximize injuries in UNC attack, police say", The Associated Press, March 8, 2006