Incident Summary:

04/29/2013: An assailant stabbed and killed Mohammed Saleem, a Muslim civilian, as he walked home from a mosque in Small Heath neighborhood, Birmingham, England, United Kingdom. Pavlo Lapsyn, a self-described white supremacist, was arrested on July 18, 2013 in connection with the attack. Lapsyn confessed to the killing and to planting several bombs outside of mosques in the area. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Small Heath area of the city.

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 Muslim Civilian: Mohammed Saleem
Nationality of Target Great Britain
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
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
White supremacists/nationalists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
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
"Mohammed Saleem stabbing: Man admits murder and mosque blasts," BBC, October 21, 2013.
"Pavlo Lapshyn jailed for 40 years for murder and mosque bombs," The Guardian, October 25, 2013.