Timeline: Terror attacks in France

Last Updated: Fri, Apr 21, 2017 13:07 hrs
Paris Attack

Paris: The Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for a shooting in the French capital that claimed the life of one police officer and injuring two others on Friday. The attack is the latest in a series of deadly attacks in France that have been getting more frequent in recent years. Here is a recap of major attacks and foiled attempts since the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack.


April 21: A known terror suspect shot dead a policeman and wounds two others on the Champs Elysees, before being killed in return fire, in an assault claimed by the Islamic State group.

March 18: A 39-year-old man was killed at Paris's Orly airport after attacking a soldier. The attacker shouted: "I am ready to die for Allah".

February 3: A 29-year-old Egyptian man armed with two machetes attacked four soldiers on patrol at Paris's Louvre Museum.


July 26: A priest was killed in an attack by two armed men on a church in a suburb of Rouen in northern France. The attackers entered the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray during Mass, taking the priest, Fr Jacques Hamel, 84, and four other people hostage, before being shot dead by police. President Hollande said the men claimed to be from IS.

July 14: A truck ploughed through a crowd on Nice's Promenade des Anglais after a Bastille Day fireworks display, killing 84 people and injuring over 330. The driver, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, is shot dead by security forces.

June 13: A French police commander and his partner were stabbed to death at their home west of Paris by a man claiming allegiance to so-called IS. Their three-year-old survived. The attacker was killed in an police assault on the house.

January 7: A man wielding a meat cleaver and carrying an IS emblem was shot dead as he tried to attack a police station in Paris. Convicted of theft in 2013, the man identified himself at the time as Moroccan-born Sallah Ali.


November 13: IS jihadists armed with assault rifles and explosives attacked outside a France-Germany football match at the national stadium, Paris cafes, and the Bataclan concert hall in a coordinated assault that leaves 130 people dead and more than 350 wounded, the deadliest attack of its kind in French history.

August 21: Passengers prevented a bloodbath on a high-speed Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris, tackling a man who opened fire on travellers. He was armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle, an automatic pistol and a box-cutter. The gunman is identified as 25-year-old Moroccan national Ayoub El Khazzani, known to intelligence services for links to radical Islam.

June 26: Frenchman Yassin Salhi, 35, beheaded his boss Herve Cornara and displayed the severed head, surrounded by two Islamic flags, on the fence of a gas plant in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier in southeastern France. He attempted to blow up the factory, but was arrested. He committed suicide in his jail cell in December.

April 19: Sid Ahmed Ghlam, an Algerian IT student, was arrested on suspicion of killing a woman who was found shot dead in her car, and of planning an attack on a church in the Paris suburb of Villejuif. Prosecutors say they found documents about Al-Qaeda and IS at his home, and that he had been in touch with a suspected jihadist in Syria about an attack on a church.

February 3: A knife-wielding man attacked three soldiers guarding a Jewish community centre in Nice on the French Riviera. The 30-year-old assailant, Moussa Coulibaly, expressed his hatred for France, the police, the military and Jews.

January 7-9: Brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi attacked the offices of French magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, killing 12 people including the editor and celebrated cartoonists. The following day a policewoman was murdered by Amedy Coulibaly, who then held up a Jewish supermarket, killing four people. The Kouachi brothers and Coulibaly were all killed after separate hostage stand-offs with police.

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