Incident Summary:

12/21/2017: An assailant in a vehicle ran over pedestrians along Flinders Street and the Yarra River in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. At least one person was killed and 18 other people, including the assailant, were injured in the attack. Saeed Noori, identified as a Muslim extremist, claimed responsibility and stated that he carried out the incident in retaliation for the "mistreatment of Muslims."




Australasia & Oceania

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Location Details:
The incident occurred along Flinders street.

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 Civilians
Nationality of Target Australia
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Multinational
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Weapon Details
A white Suzuki SUV 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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources noted that Noori suffers from "serious mental illness and drug abuse." Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here. The victims also included tourists and civilians from China, India, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, South Korea, and Venezuela.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Muslim extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 18 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 18
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
"World Briefs: Melbourne car attack victim dies," Straits Times, December 30, 2017.
"AUSTRALIA INCIDENT - Melbourne attack has no links to terrorism, Turnbull says," EFE, December 22, 2017.
"As it happened: Melbourne CBD attack day two," The Age, Victoria, December 22, 2017.