Incident Summary:

01/11/2016: An assailant armed with a machete attacked and injured a Jewish schoolteacher in Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region, France. An unidentified individual claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that he believed France did not respect Islam and protected Jewish civilians. He also asserted that he carried out the attack on behalf of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Teacher: Benjamin Amsellem
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
A machete was 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 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"French teen who attacked Jewish teacher with machete charged with terror ties," Haaretz, January 13, 2016.
"Marseille anti-Semitic attack sparks debate on wearing skullcaps," Qatar Peninsula, January 12, 2016.
"French Jews Advised To Hide Their Identities After Anti-Semitic Attacks," Opposing Views, January 13, 2016.