Incident Summary:

08/19/2020: An assailant crashed his vehicle into at least three motorcycles along the A100 motorway in Tempelhof-Schoeneberg, Berlin, Germany. The assailant was apprehended after exiting his vehicle and placing a metal box on the roof and shouting "no one come closer, or you will all die." Authorities determined that the box did not contain explosives. At least six people were injured in the attack. Sarmad A, an unaffiliated individual, claimed responsibility for the incident through a social media post prior to the attack with an image of the vehicle he used and the term "martyrs." Authorities suspected that the assailant had prior contact with a person linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).




Western Europe

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Location Details:
The incident occurred at Detmolder Strasse and the A100 in Tempelhof-Schoeneberg neighborhood.

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 Motorcycles
Nationality of Target Germany
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Fake Weapons
Weapon Details
An Opel Astra and a fake explosive device were 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
Jihadi-inspired extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 6 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 6
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Suspected Islamist detained in Berlin over 'hunt' for motorcyclists," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, August 19, 2020.
"Man Causes Berlin Motorway Crashes In Suspected Islamist Attack," International Business Times Australia, August 19, 2020.
"Six injured as driver rams motorbikes in suspected terror attack in Berlin; Driver named as 30-year-old Iraqi who shouted 'Allahu akbar' and claimed to have a bomb," Telegraph, August 19, 2020.