Incident Summary:

03/24/2016: An assailant beat and stabbed an Ahmadi Muslim shopkeeper in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. The shopkeeper, identified as Asad Shah, was killed and another person was injured in the assault. Tanveer Ahmed claimed responsibility and stated that Shah was targeted because he was disrespectful toward the Prophet Muhammad.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Ahmadi Muslim Civilian: Asad Shah
Nationality of Target Great Britain
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Melee Hands, Feet, Fists
Weapon Details
A kitchen knife 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
Muslim extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Sectarian killer Tanveer Ahmed calls for enemies of Islam to be 'eliminated' in new prison recording," International Business Times, January 19, 2017.
"Scottish Muslim groups fail to attend Ahmadi anti-extremism event," The Guardian (London), April 18, 2016.
"Asad Shah murder: Facebook page celebrates the death of the popular Muslim shopkeeper," The Independent, March 30, 2016.