Incident Summary:

07/17/2018: An assailant opened fire with a blank cartridge on a female Muslim employee at Stefans bakery in Heilbronn, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. There were no reported casualties in the attack. An unidentified unaffiliated individual claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that he carried out the attack in order to "draw attention to his personal situation." However, sources suspected that the attack was the result of Islamophobia.




Western Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Muslim Civilian
Nationality of Target Germany
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Other Gun Type
Weapon Details
An air pistol with steel ball-ammunition was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. The assailant claimed that he carried out the attack to draw attention to his "personal situation."
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Muslim extremists (suspected) 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 / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
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"Germany: Islamic Bulletin for 13-19 July 2018," Summary, July 23, 2018.
"Footage shows suspected racist, Islamophobic shooting at Turkish-owned cafe in Germany," Daily Sabah, July 17, 2018.