Incident Summary:

09/01/2016: An assailant opened fire on police personnel in Christiania area, Copenhagen, Capital, Denmark. The assailant was killed and two police officers and one civilian were injured in the ensuing clash. Sources attributed the attack to Mesa Hodzic. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) also claimed responsibility for the incident; however, Hodzic's connection to ISIL could not be confirmed.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Christiania area of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Police of Denmark
Specific Description Patrol
Nationality of Target Denmark
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources stated that the attack may have occurred during a drug raid by police.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Copenhagen attack: Isis claims responsibility for shooting that injured two police officers in Christiania; The attacker, a 25-year-old man, died in hospital two days after the assault," The Independent, September 2, 2016.
"Christiania shooter is Isis 'sympathizer': police," The Local Denmark, September 1, 2016.
"Danish police dismiss ISIS responsibility claim in Copenhagen shooting," Denmark, September 5, 2016.