Incident Summary:

02/03/2017: An assailant wielding two machetes attacked French Army soldiers outside the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. The soldiers opened fire, shooting and injuring the assailant, but not before one soldier was also injured. The assailant was identified as Abdallah El-Hamahmy, an Egyptian national, who was sympathetic to the plight of the Syrian people and supported the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred at the Lourve museum.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity French Army
Specific Description Soldiers
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
Two machetes 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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 1
"Louvre suspect 'confirms identity'," BBC, February 7, 2017.
"Paris - Louvre suspect may have tweeted about IS before attack," AFP (North European Service), February 4, 2017.
"Paris - Paris Louvre attack suspect says is Egyptian: probe source," AFP (North European Service), February 3, 2017.