Incident Summary:

01/17/2016: An assailant attacked Afghan refugees in Altenberg, Saxony, Germany. At least two refugees were injured in the assault. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the incident to Neo-Nazi extremists.

GTD ID:
201601170051

When:
2016-01-17

Country:
Germany

Region:
Western Europe

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Saxony

City:
Altenberg

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 Afghanistan
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee
Weapon Details
A steel helmet 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
Neo-Nazi extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"German man with Hitler moustache attacks refugees using swastika helmet before doing Nazi salute," The Independent, January 18, 2016."
"Program Summary: Kabul Tolo News Dari 0430 GMT 19 Jan 16," Tolo News, January 19, 2016."
"German man 'with Hitler moustache' battered two Afghan refugees with swastika helmet - then did a Nazi salute," Daily Mail, January 19, 2016."