Incident Summary:

08/31/2018: An attacker stabbed civilians at Amsterdam Central Station in Amsterdam, Netherlands. In addition to the assailant, two United States citizens were injured in the attack. An Afghani citizen claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the suicide attack was carried out in retaliation for the Netherlands' disrespect of Islam.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

North Holland


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Tourists
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Tourists
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Amsterdam Central Station
Specific Description Train Station
Nationality of Target Netherlands
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
A knife was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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
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 0 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 2
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
"The Hague - Amsterdam attack suspect said insults to Islam spurred him: Prosecutors," AFP (North European Service), September 3, 2018.
"Amsterdam - Two US citizens hurt in Dutch 'terrorist' knife attack," AFP (North European Service), September 1, 2018.
"Amsterdam Attacker Shot Nine Seconds After Start Of Stabbing," MSNBC Newsweek, September 5, 2018.