Incident Summary:

07/14/2016: An assailant rammed a truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France. The assailant, identified as Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, opened fire on police officers before being shot and killed. In addition to the assailant, 86 people were killed and 433 people were injured in the attack. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the incident; however, Bouhlel's connection to ISIL could not be confirmed.




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: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Bastille Day Celebration
Nationality of Target France
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Multinational
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Fake Weapons
Weapon Details
A 7.56-mm handgun, a Renault Midlum cargo truck, a replica handgun, two replica assault rifles, and a fake grenade 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
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 87 Fatalities / 433 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 87
Number of U.S. Fatalities 3
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 433
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Attack on Nice: Who was Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel?," BBC, August 19, 2016.
"Nice, France attacker reportedly recruited by Algerian ISIS fighter, researched Orlando massacre," The Associated Press, July 18, 2016.
"Nice - Tunisian 'terrorist' kills 84 in Nice truck attack," AFP (North European Service), July 15, 2016.