Incident Summary:

06/21/2017: An assailant threw acid at Muslim civilians in a vehicle in Beckton area, London, United Kingdom. Two civilians suffered burn injuries in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, authorities attributed the attack to an anti-Muslim extremist, identified as John Tomlin.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Beckton area of East London.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Muslim Civilians: Jameel Muhktar, Resham Khan
Nationality of Target United Kingdom
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
Weapon Details
Acid 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
Anti-Muslim extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"UK Muslim victim says acid attack was Islamophobic," Anadolu Ajansi, June 30, 2017."
"Acid attack trial: Accused John Tomlin 'smiles and blows kisses' to families in court," Daily Star, July 11, 2017."
"Acid attack victim says he and cousin targeted because they are Muslim," The Guardian, June 30, 2017."