Incident Summary:

07/18/2016: An assailant armed with an axe and a knife attacked passengers on a train near Wurzburg, Bavaria, Germany. At least five people were injured in the attack before the assailant fled; the assailant was later shot and killed by police. Riaz Khan Ahmadzai claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out in revenge for members of the Muslim community. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) also claimed responsibility for the incident; however, Ahmadzai's connection to ISIL could not be confirmed.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:


Near Wurzburg

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 Civilians: Yau Shu-ping, Edmund Au Yeung, Wong Pui-king
Nationality of Target Hong Kong
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian
Nationality of Target Germany
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
An ax and a knife were 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 The victims included Tracy Yau. 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
Jihadi-inspired extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Germany axe attack: Assault on train in Wuerzburg," BBC, July 18, 2016.
"Terror Investigation: Germany Attackers Had Contact with Suspected IS Members," Spiegel Online, August 5, 2016.
"Kyodo: Hong Kong Victims Remain In Hospital Following Train Attack In Germany," Kyodo World Service, July 21, 2016.