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
"Program Summary: Kabul Tolo News Dari 0430 GMT 19 Jan 16," Tolo News, January 19, 2016."
"German man with Hitler moustache attacks refugees using swastika helmet before doing Nazi salute," The Independent, January 18, 2016."
"German man 'with Hitler moustache' battered two Afghan refugees with swastika helmet - then did a Nazi salute," Daily Mail, January 19, 2016."