Incident Summary:

10/17/2015: An assailant stabbed Henriette Reker in Cologne city, North Rhine-Westphalia state, Germany. Reker, a pro-refugee mayoral candidate, and four others were injured in the attack. An individual claimed responsibility for the incident, and stated that he carried out the attack "because of anti-foreigner motives."




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

North Rhine-Westphalia


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Mayoral Candidate: Henriette Reker
Nationality of Target Germany
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom 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 Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Immigrant 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 / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"German prosecutors charge man with attempted murder of mayor," The Associated Press, February 2, 2016.
"German mayoral candidate seriously wounded in knife attack in Cologne," Jerusalem Post, October 17, 2015.
"German man sentenced to 14 years in prison for stabbing Cologne mayor over refugee policy," The Telegraph, July 1, 2016.