Incident Summary:

06/26/2015: An assailant attacked an Air Products factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier town, Rhone-Alpes province, France. The assailant beheaded a supervisor and hung his head from a fence before driving a vehicle into a gas-filled warehouse. In addition to the slain supervisor, two other employees were injured in the attack. An individual, identified as Yassin Salhi, claimed responsibility for the incident.




Western Europe

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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 Air Products
Specific Description Factory
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Weapon Details
Acetone bottles, a knife, and a truck 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
Jihadi-inspired extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"French attack suspect took 'selfie' with slain victim," Al Jazeera, June 28, 2015.
"France: One Decapitated in 'Terrorist' Attack on Gas Factory," AFP (North European Service), June 26, 2015.
"French terrorist attack had 'Islamic State' hallmark, says prosecutor," Deutsche Welle, June 30, 2015.