Incident Summary:

11/04/2015: An assailant attacked students on the University of California campus in Merced, California, United States. Four students were injured in the attack. The assailant was shot and killed by police officers. Faisal Mohammad claimed responsibility in a note left at the scene.



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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity University of California, Merced
Specific Description Campus
Nationality of Target United States
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 4
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Attacker who stabbed students at UC Merced had ISIS flag, FBI says," CNN, March 18, 2016.
"ISIS goes global: Mapping attacks," CNN, December 29, 2015.
"FBI: ISIS inspired California student in campus stabbings," CBS News, March 17, 2016.