Incident Summary:

01/09/2020: Assailants wearing fake suicide vests stabbed prison employees inside the HMP Whitemoor Prison in March, England, United Kingdom. Four guards and one nurse were injured in the attack. The assailants were identified as Brusthom Ziamani and Baz Hockton. Ziamani confessed in court, but denied that the incident was ideologically motivated, although he did shout "Allahu Akbar" during the assault, and stated that he intended to move locations in the prison.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred inside HMP Whitemoor Prison.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity HMP Whitemoor Prison
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target United Kingdom
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity HMP Whitemoor Prison
Specific Description Nurse
Nationality of Target United Kingdom
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Fake Weapons
Weapon Details
Improvised bladed weapons and fake suicide vests were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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 No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Stabbings in UK prison treated as "terror attack", says police," Xinhua General News Service, January 11, 2020.