Incident Summary:

01/31/2020: Assailants attacked a gay couple at a train station in Newbridge, Kildare, Ireland. One victim was knocked to the ground and the other victim was stabbed several times. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to an Anti-LGBT extremist who video taped the assault and also shouted slurs at the couple regarding their sexuality.




Western Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Gay Couple: Gearoid Laighleis, Anthony Nolan
Nationality of Target Ireland
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Melee Hands, Feet, Fists
Weapon Details
A 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-LGBT extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Arrest made over Newbridge attack,", February 6, 2020.
"Gardaí suspect stabbing was hate crime; Man claims attackers recorded assault which left partner hospitalised," The Irish Times, February 3, 2020.
"Year in jail if you're caught with a knife," Irish Daily Mail, February 3, 2020.