Incident Summary:

01/09/2016: An assailant attacked Syrian refugees with pepper spray outside a welcome ceremony in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. At least 30 people were injured in the incident. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

GTD ID:
201601090036

When:
2016-01-09

Country:
Canada

Region:
North America

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

British Columbia

City:
Vancouver

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 Refugees
Nationality of Target Syria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Chemical
Weapon Details
Pepper spray 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 most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 30 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 30
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Syrian refugees pepper-sprayed in Vancouver still grateful to Canadians," The Toronto Star, January 13, 2016."
"Pepper-spray attack on refugees treated as 'hate-motivated crime': Vancouver police," CTV News, January 9, 2016."
"Canada Prime Minister Condemns Attack on Syrian Refugees in Vancouver," Sputnik, January 10, 2016."