Incident Summary:

11/27/2017: An assailant armed with a knife stabbed Andreas Hollstein in Altena, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Hollstein, the Altena mayor, and another person were injured in the attack. An unaffiliated individual, identified as Werner S., claimed responsibility for the incident and stated prior to the attack, "You're letting me die of thirst, but you bring 200 refugees to Altena."




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

North Rhine-Westphalia


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Markischer Kreis district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Altena
Specific Description Mayor: Andreas Hollstein
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
A 34 centimeter-long kitchen knife 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
Unknown Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
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
"German mayor: assailant attacked me over pro-refugee stance," My Fox Boston, November 28, 2017.
"A German Mayor is Seriously Injured after an Assault with a Blade," Sofia News Agency, November 28, 2017.
"German pro-refugee Mayor slashed in knife attack," Business Standard India, November 28, 2017.