Incident Summary:

01/17/2013: Two assailants stabbed and killed Shahzad Luqman, a Pakistani migrant, in Petralona neighborhood, Athens, Attica, Greece. The two assailants were arrested and confessed to carrying out the attack. Sources claimed that the attack was racially motivated and stated that the assailants were affiliated with Golden Dawn; however, the assailants denied their involvement with the group.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Petralona neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian: Shahzad Luqman
Nationality of Target Pakistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Butterfly knives were used in the attack.
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. The assailants' lawyers claimed that the attack was the result of a road-rage altercation.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Golden Dawn (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Anti-migrant attacks surge in Greece's Piraeus," Al Jazeera, January 5, 2018.
"Witness at trial over Luqman Shahzad murder argues attack was racially motivated,", January 31, 2014.
"Murdered while cycling to work: Golden Dawn members on trial for killing 27 year old Shehzad Luqman," The Press Project, January 8, 2014.