Incident Summary:

01/09/2015: A single assailant stormed Hyper Cacher, a kosher supermarket, in Porte de Vincenne area, Paris, Ile-de-France region, France. The gunman took the employees and customers hostage in a standoff against security forces, demanding that brothers Cherif Kouachi and Said Kouachi be allowed to go free. The brothers had attacked employees and police at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine, two days earlier and were, at the time of the supermarket attack, involved in a standoff with police outside of the city. The supermarket siege ended when elite forces stormed the store, killing the assailant. Four hostages were killed, three people were injured and 15 hostages were released in the attack. This was one of two coordinated attacks. The gunman was identified as Amedy Coulibaly; he pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in a video that was released posthumously.




Western Europe

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Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Porte-de-Vincenne neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Kosher Deli
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 19
US Hostages 0
Hours of Kidnapping 5
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
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
Vz.58 assault rifles, a Skorpion sub-machine gun, and two Tokarev TT-33 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
Jihadi-inspired extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Charlie Hebdo attack: Three days of terror," BBC, January 14, 2015.
"Paris gunman 'stopped' by police days before kosher store attack," France24, January 21, 2015.
"Two sieges come to a violent, bloody end," New Zealand Herald, January 10, 2015.