Incident Summary:

01/07/2015: Two assailants stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine, in the 11th arrondissement of Paris, Ile-de-France region, France. The attackers opened fire on journalists and building security, killing 11 people and injuring 11 others. The assailants fled following the raid, but continued shooting at police vehicles outside of the building and several blocks away; one police officer was killed in the street attack. The gunmen abandoned their vehicle several kilometers from the magazine offices, hijacked a second vehicle and injured the driver, before they disappeared for the remainder of the day. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility for the incident, stating that the attack was in retaliation for the magazine's depiction of Prophet Muhammad. The two assailants were identified as brothers Cherif Kouachi and Said Kouachi.




Western Europe

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Location Details:
The incident occurred in the 11th arrondissement of Paris.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Charlie Hebdo
Specific Description Offices
Nationality of Target France
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity French Police
Specific Description Officer: Ahmed Merabet
Nationality of Target France
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Car
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 11
US Hostages 0
Hours of Kidnapping 1
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Two Zastava M70 AB2 assault rifles 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
Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 12 Fatalities / 12 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 12
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 12
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Charlie Hebdo attack: Three days of terror," BBC, January 14, 2015.
"Terrorists Strike Charlie Hebdo Newspaper in Paris, Leaving 12 Dead," The New York Times, January 7, 2015.
"Al Qaeda officialy lays claim to Paris carnage," CBS News, January 14, 2015.