Incident Summary:

12/31/2018: An assailant armed with a knife stabbed civilians at Victoria rail station in Manchester, England, United Kingdom. Three people, including two civilians and a police officer were injured in the attack. The assailant shouted "long live the Caliphate" and "as long as you keep bombing other countries, this sort of s--- is going to keep happening" during the incident.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred at the Victoria railway station in the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity British Transport Police
Specific Description Officer
Nationality of Target Great Britain
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Victoria Rail Station
Specific Description Station
Nationality of Target Great Britain
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
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired 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 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Manchester police are treating the New Year's Eve stabbing as a 'terrorist investigation'," CNN, January 1, 2019.
"Three injured in knife attack at British station," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, December 31, 2018.
"Knifeman a 'jihadist'," Northern Territory News (Australia), January 2, 2019.