Incident Summary:

09/06/2018: An assailant stabbed far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro in Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Bolsonaro was injured in the attack. An unaffiliated individual, identified as Adelio Bispo de Oliveira, claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that he was "fulfilling an order from God." Sources also noted that presidential elections were scheduled for October 7, 2018.




South America

region/u.s. state:

Minas Gerais

Juiz de Fora

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Presidential Candidate: Jair Bolsonaro
Nationality of Target Brazil
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
A 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 / 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 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"'This will galvanize Bolsonaro's base'; Analysts weigh in on near-fatal stabbing of Brazilian front-runner," The Toronto Star, September 8, 2018.
"Will knife attack on Jair Bolsonaro impact Brazil's election?," Al Jazeera Online, September 7, 2018.
"Revision: Open Source Enterprise Current Developments 0900 GMT 07 September 2018," Summary, September 7, 2018.