Incident Summary:

01/01/2019: An assailant attempted to drive his vehicle into pedestrians at a bus stop in Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. There were no reported casualties 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


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) No
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
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 / 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
"Germany: Man deliberately drives car at pedestrians," Deutsche Welle, January 1, 2019.