Incident Summary:

12/19/2016: An assailant drove a truck into a Christmas market in Breitscheidplatz, Berlin, Germany. At least 12 people were killed and 48 people, including two United States citizens, were injured in the attack. This was one of two attacks carried out on the same day; in an earlier event, the assailant hijacked the vehicle and killed the driver. The assailant, identified as Anis Amri, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). In addition, ISIL claimed responsibility for the incident; however, the assailant's connection to the group could not be confirmed. Amri was killed several days later by police officers in Milan, Italy.

GTD ID:
201612190002

When:
2016-12-19

Country:
Germany

Region:
Western Europe

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Berlin

City:
Berlin

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

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Breitscheidplatz Christmas Market
Nationality of Target Germany
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Multinational
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Weapon Details
A Scania R 450 semi-trailer truck was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 12 Fatalities / 48 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 12
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 48
Number of U.S. Injured 2
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Berlin - Berlin truck attack: the investigation so far," AFP (North European Service), December 21, 2016."
"BROWNSVILLE MAN AMONG 2 AMERICANS HURT IN BERLIN CHRISTMAS MARKET ATTACK," ABC 13 KTRK-TV (Houston), December 22, 2016."
"Reports: Berlin attack suspect Anis Amri shot dead in Italy," USA Today, December 23, 2016."