Incident Summary:

12/16/2016: Assailants set fire to a migrant shelter in Boulogne-Billancourt, Ile-de-France, France. One person was killed when he attempted to escape through a window and 13 people were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Migrant Shelter
Nationality of Target Multinational
Additional Information
Hostages No
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
Weapon Details
Lighter fluid and fuel were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most reliable estimates are reported here. There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Authorities suspected that the fire may have been linked to a personal feud among residents of the building.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 13 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 13
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Paris - Migrant jumps to death from Paris shelter after arson attack," AFP (North European Service), December 16, 2016.
"Malian jumps to death from Paris shelter after arson attack," NigerianNewspapers.Today, December 16, 2016.
"PARIS IN FLAMES: Migrants in critical condition as hostel hit by suspected arson attack," Express Online, December 16, 2016.