Incident Summary:

02/26/2016: A 15-year old assailant stabbed a police officer in Hanover, Germany. The police officer was injured as a result of the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources stated that the assailant had recently joined the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during a trip to Turkey.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Lower Saxony


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Lower Saxony Police
Specific Description Officer
Nationality of Target Germany
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
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
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) 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 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"German prosecutors: Teen who stabbed cop 'supported IS'," Deutsche Welle, April 15, 2016."
"UPDATE 1-Germany investigating possible religious motive behind attack on policeman," Reuters Africa, March 3, 2016."
"Singapore: Germany probing Islamic State link to policeman's stabbing - magazine," Channel NewsAsia Online, March 3, 2016."