Incident Summary:

09/17/2015: An assailant armed with a knife attacked a police officer in Berlin city, Germany. The police officer was wounded and the assailant was killed when another police officer opened fire. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources identified the assailant as Rafik Mohammed Yousef.

GTD ID:
201509170068

When:
2015-09-17

Country:
Germany

Region:
Western Europe

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Berlin

City:
Berlin

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity German Federal Police
Specific Description Officer
Nationality of Target Germany
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
A knife was used in the attack.
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 Sources noted that the assailant, Rafik Mohammed Yousef, was convicted as a member Ansar al-Islam in 2004 for a plot to assassinate the former Prime Minister of Iraq.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Muslim extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Islamist shot dead after Berlin attack on policewoman," Telegraph, September 17, 2015."