Incident Summary:

8/6/1991: Shapur Bakhtiyar, the former Iranian prime minister, was knifed and killed in his home in Paris, France. Bakthiar's secretary was also killed in the attack. Three Iranian men were suspected of committing the crime; one of them, Ali Vakili-Rad, was arrested in Geneva and sentenced to life imprisonment. The specific motive behind the attack is unknown.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
A private residence in Paris

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity A former Iranian prime minister
Specific Description Shapour Bakhtiar, a former Iranian prime minister, and his secretary
Nationality of Target Iran
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
The victims were knifed to death
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information There were two other suspects in the killing, Mohamad Azadi and Sarqdoum Boyer Amadi; however, they were never caught.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Iranian extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"France releases Iranian national - website," Press TV, May 17, 2010.
"Swiss police arrest one of three suspects in Bakthiar case," Reuters, August 21, 1991.