Incident Summary:

04/20/2017: An assailant opened fire on police personnel on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France. One police officer was killed and two officers and one German tourist were injured in the attack before the assailant was shot and killed by police forces. Karim Cheurfi claimed responsibility for the incident in a note left at the scene and defended the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). ISIL also claimed responsibility for the attack; however, Cheurfi's connection to ISIL could not be confirmed.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred on the Champs-Elysees, in the 8th arrondissement.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity French Police
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target France
Target Type: Tourists
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Tourist
Nationality of Target Germany
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
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
An AK-47 assault rifle 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 Officer Xavier Jugele.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Paris Champs Elysees attack gunman named as Karim Cheurfi," BBC, April 21, 2017.
"Hollande honours slain police officer," The Herald (Glasgow), April 26, 2017.
"'IS' claims deadly police shooting on Paris' Champs-Elysees," Deutsche Welle, April 20, 2017.