Incident Summary:

12/23/2018: An assailant attacked an overhead power cable on a railway track between Karlshorst and Wuhlheide railway stations in eastern Berlin, Germany. There were no reported casualties in the incident. A Jihadi-inspired extremist claimed responsibility for the attack and an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) flag was discovered at the scene. Sources also suspected that the assailant supported ISIL.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in East Berlin between Karlshorst and Wuhlheide railway stations.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Train Overhead Cable
Nationality of Target Germany
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Sabotage Equipment
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
Jihadi-inspired extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
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
"Singapore: German police find Islamic State flag after suspected attack on railway," Channel NewsAsia Online, December 25, 2018.
"Europe: German-Speaking Islamic Bulletin for 15-31 December 2018," Summary, December 15, 2018.