Incident Summary:

12/05/2015: An assailant assaulted a Muslim store clerk at Fatima Food Mart in Queens, New York City, United States. The clerk was injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility; however, an assailant, identified as Piro Kolvani, said "I kill Muslims" during the attack and was later arrested.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

New York City

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Astoria area of Queens.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Muslim Civilian
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Hands, Feet, Fists
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-Muslim extremists 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 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Florida man charged with hate crimes for allegedly attacking Muslim store clerk in Queens," New York Daily News, January 4, 2016.
"Man Yells He Wants to 'Kill Muslims,' Attacks Store Owner in NYC: Police, Victim," NBC New York, December 10, 2015.
"Advocates fear rise in anti-Muslim attacks after Paris, San Bernardino," CBS News, December 10, 2015.