Incident Summary:

02/05/2020: An assailant armed with a knife entered a Church of the Latter Day Saints missionary training center in Sao Paulo city, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The assailant attempted to stab police officers when they arrived at the center. The assailant was shot and killed by the officers. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




South America

region/u.s. state:

Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Federal Police
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Brazil
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Church of the Latter Day Saints
Specific Description Missionary Training Center
Nationality of Target Brazil
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
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
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Issues Statement on Brazil Missionary Training Center Incident," Targeted News Service, February 6, 2020.
"Police kill knife-wielding man in Brazil missionary center," ABC News, February 5, 2020.
"Intruder at Brazil Missionary Training Center shot by police," The Scroll: Brigham Young University-Idaho, February 5, 2020.