Incident Summary:

03/18/2017: An assailant attacked a soldier at Orly Airport in Paris, France. The assailant held the soldier at gunpoint and attempted to seize her rifle before being shot and killed by security forces. Ziyed Ben Belgacem, a Muslim extremist, claimed responsibility for the incident and stated during the attack, "I'm here to die in the name of Allah."




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:


Near Paris

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity French Armed Forces
Specific Description Soldier
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Successful Rescue
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A revolver loaded with bird shot 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Muslim extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Shooting at France’s Orly Airport Prompts Evacuation and Halt to Flights," New York Times, March 18, 2017.
"Paris - Paris airport attacker said he was 'ready to die for Allah'," AFP (North European Service), March 18, 2017.
"CCTV footage emerges of Paris Orly gun attack," MaltaToday, March 21, 2017.