Incident Summary:

09/29/2015: An assailant stabbed and injured a police officer at an asylum center in Sandholm, Blovstrod, Capital, Denmark. The assailant was identified as a Palestinian who was denied asylum. Sources also noted that the assailant may have had sympathies with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:


Near Blovstrod

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Sandholm area near the town.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Police of Denmark
Specific Description Officer
Nationality of Target Denmark
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) 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. Sources noted that the assailant was denied asylum and that the attack may have been a "break-in gone awry." Sources also noted that the assailant had been identified as mentally unstable.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Palestinian asylum reject charged with stabbing Danish policeman," The Telegraph, September 30, 2015.
"Danish police officer stabbed at asylum centre," The Local Denmark, September 29, 2015.
"Man charged with police officer stabbing sympathises with IS and previously attacked Swedish minister," Copenhagen Post, September 30, 2015.