Incident Summary:

01/01/2019: An assailant drove his vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians in Bottrop, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. At least four people were injured in the attack. This was one of three related attacks in the area on this date. An Anti-Immigrant extremist, identified as Andreas N., claimed responsibility for the incidents and told police that he intended to target foreigners in the attacks.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

North Rhine-Westphalia


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Berliner Platz area of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Germany
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Foreigners
Nationality of Target
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Weapon Details
A silver Mercedes-Benz car was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
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 lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Immigrant 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 / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Germany: Man deliberately drives car at pedestrians," Deutsche Welle, January 1, 2019.