UPDATED: Vehicle attacks around the world since 2000

31 Oct , 2017  

Terrorist attacks where vehicles are used as a weapon to kill at least 4 people are still relatively rare, though they are becoming more frequent. One thing that stands out is that 83% of these mass public attacks were committed by Radical Muslims.  Including attacks where fewer than 4 victims were killed, 80% of all these vehicle attacks were carried out by Muslims.  We have previously done research comparing the rates of mass public shootings and bombings around the world and specifically between the US and Europe.

While there have been 8 previous vehicle attacks in the United States since 2000, the attack in New York City on October 31st, 2017 was the first one that left at least 4 victims dead, though the 2015 attack in Las Vegas had more total casualties.

Year Month Day Location Weapons Deaths by Vehicle Deaths Injuries Islamic? Notes
2017  October 31 New York City, New York pickup truck 8 8 15  Islamic  ISIS
2017  August 17 Barcelona, Spain Van 14 14 120+ Islamic ISIS?
2017   June 3  London, UK Van, knives, guns 3* Updated 8(3 vehicle, 5 stabbed) 48  Islamic ISIS
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2017   April 7  Stockholm,   Sweden Truck 5 5            ~15  Islamic ISIS
2017   March 22  London, UK Car, knife 4 5 (4 car, 1 knife) 49    Islamic
2017   January 20  Melbourne, Australia Car 6 6 36   No Insane
2017   January 8  East Jerusalem Truck 4 4 17   Islamic
2016 December 19  Berlin, Germany Truck, pistol, knife 12 12 56   Islamic ISIS
2016   July 14  Nice, France Truck, pistol 86 86 434   Islamic ISIS
2014   May 22  Xinjiang, China SUV, bomb 39 39 90+   Islamic
2009   April 30  Apeldoorn, Netherlands Car 7 7 10    No deliberate attack to kill people
2001   October 1  Srinagar, India Car 38 38 unknown  Islamic

Other cases with fewer than 4 people killed.

Year Month Day Location Weapons Deaths by Vehicle Deaths Injuries Islamic? Notes
2017 October 1 Edmonton, Canada U-Haul truck 0 0 5 Islamic ISIS
2017 August 18 Cambrils, Spain Van 0 0 7 Islamic ISIS
2017 August 12 Charlottesville, Virginia Car 1 1 19 No White Supremacist
2017 August 9 Paris, France 0 0 6 Islamic ISIS
2017 August 19 London, UK 1 1 11 No hatred of Muslims
2017 May 18 New York City Car 1 1 20 suicide
2016 November 28 Columbus, Ohio Car, knife 0 0 13 Islamic
2015 December 20 Las Vegas Car 1 1 37 ruled out terrorism but driver acted deliberately
2015 June 25 Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, France Knife, van 1 1 2 Islamic ISIS
2015 June 20 Graz, Austria Car, knife 3 3 36 mental illness
2015 April 30 Venice, California Car 1 1 17 wanted to run down a drug dealer who he believed had ripped off his friend
2014 December 22 Place Royal, France Van 1 1 9 Islamic
2014 December 21 Dijon, France Car 0 0 11 Islamic
2014 November 10 Alon Shvut, Israel Car, Knife 0 3 (3 Knife, 0 Car) 0 Islamic
2014 November 5 Jerusalem, Israel Van 3 3 13 Islamic Hamas
2014 October 22 East Jerusalem Car 2 2 7 Islamic Hamas
2014 October 20 Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada Car 1 1 1 Islamic
2014 August 4 Jerusalem, Israel Tractor 1 1 5 Islamic
2013 October 28 Beijing, China Car, bomb 2 2 38 Islamic
2013 May 22 London, UK Car 1 1 Islamic
2011 August 29 Tel Aviv, Israel Car 0 0 8 Islamic
2008 September 22 Jerusalem, Israel Car 0 0 19 Islamic Hamas
2008 July 2 Jerusalem, Israel Vehicle with front-end loader 3 3 30+ Islamic
2008 June 8 Tokyo, Japan Truck, Dagger 3 5 (3 Truck, 2 Dagger) 10 (2 Truck, 8 Dagger) “I came to Akihabara to kill people,”
2007 June 30 Glasgow Airport, Scotland Car with propane canisters 0 0 5 Islamic
2006 August 30 San Francisco SUV 1 1 17 deliberate attack to kill people
2006 March 3 Chapel Hill, NC SUV 0 0 9 Islamic
2002 March 30 Lyon, France Two cars 0 0 0 Islamic

There are also a lot of car accidents that don’t involve a conscious attempt to attack people.

Stillwater, Oklahoma, October 24, 2015: Four people were killed and more than 40 were injured when a drunk woman drove her homecoming parade at Oklahoma State University.

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