Incident Summary:

06/13/2016: An assailant stabbed and killed police commander Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and his spouse at their house in Magnanville, Ile-de-France, France. The assailant also took the victims' child hostage for several hours before being killed by police. The assailant, identified as Larossi Abballa, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) also claimed responsibility for the incident; however, Abballa's connection to ISIL could not be confirmed.




Western Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity French Police
Specific Description Commander: Jean-Baptiste Salvaing
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Hours of Kidnapping 4
Outcome Successful Rescue
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
A knife 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
Additional Information The victims included Jessica Schneider.
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 3 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"French jihadist police killer 'obeyed Islamic State call'," BBC, June 14, 2016.
"Islamic State-linked radical kills French police couple," Qatar Tribune, June 15, 2016.
"Isis fighter Larossi Abballa who murdered police officer and wife in Paris was a convicted terrorist," International Business Times UK, June 14, 2016.