Incident Summary:

01/09/2015: Two assailants stormed the offices of Creation Tendance Decouverte, a printing firm, in Dammartin-en-Goele town, Ile-de-France region, France. The attackers took one employee hostage during an eight-hour standoff with elite forces. The siege ended when the gunmen were shot and killed, while the hostages were released unharmed. This was one of two coordinated attacks. The gunmen coordinated their attack with Amedy Coulibaly, the gunman who attacked a Kosher grocery store in Paris. The two assailants were identified as brothers Cherif Kouachi and Said Kouachi; they had carried out an attack two days earlier at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine in Paris and security forces had been searching for them since.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:


Dammartin en Goele

Location Details:
The incident occurred at Creation Tendance Decouverte office.

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: Business
Name of Entity Creation Tendance Decouverte
Specific Description Printing Firm
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Hours of Kidnapping 8
Outcome Successful Rescue
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
Rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), two Zastava M70 AB2 assault rifles, and two Zastava M57 pistols were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Muslim extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Charlie Hebdo attack: Three days of terror," BBC, January 14, 2015.
"Paris Gunmen Killed: Brothers Cherif And Said Kouachi Killed In Dammartin-En-Goele, Hostage Freed," Huffington Post Canada, January 9, 2015.
"I'm not a hero, says the graphic designer who hid in a box and texted police as Charlie Hebdo killers were holed up in his office," Mail Online, January 11, 2015.