Incident Summary:

04/05/2018: Assailants in an SUV attempted to sideswipe a vehicle driven by a Muslim woman wearing a hijab in Houston, Texas, United States. After both vehicles stopped, one assailant exited his vehicle, shouted anti-Muslim epithets, and proceeded to stab and injure the woman. The assailants then fled the scene and have not yet been identified. Sources noted that the attack took place on "Punish a Muslim day."



United States

North America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Muslim Civilian
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Weapon Details
A knife and a red SUV 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
Anti-Muslim extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Houston Muslim woman stabbed by attacker yelling religious slurs," ABC 13 KTRK-TV (Houston), April 6, 2018.
"Muslim woman in Houston stabbed in apparent hate-driven roadside attack," Dallas Morning News, April 6, 2018.
"Reward offered in 'Muslim Punishment Day' stabbing of Houston woman," CW 39 - Houston, April 6, 2018.