Incident Summary:

06/30/2017: An assailant attacked an elderly couple in their home in Linz, Austria. Both victims were killed and the house was set on fire during the attack. An unaffiliated individual claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that he was motivated by hatred of the Freedom Party of Austria. Authorities stated that the assailant had recently pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on social media.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Upper Austria


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians: Hildegard Sch., Siegfried
Nationality of Target Austria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
A knife, a stick covered with screws, and fire 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
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 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Vienna - Austria elderly couple murder 'was Islamist killing'," AFP (North European Service), July 5, 2017.
"'Islamist' motive behind murder of elderly couple in Austria, official says,", July 9, 2017.
"Elderly couple are stabbed to death by Tunisian in first Islamist attack on Austrian soil... as the country SCRAPS plan to send troops to its border to stop flow of migrants from Italy," Daily Mail, July 6, 2017.