Incident Summary:

08/05/2017: An assailant shouting "Allahu Akhbar" attempted to stab a French Armed Forces soldier at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. There were no reported casualties and the assailant was arrested. The assailant, identified as Mamaye D., claimed responsibility for the attack and stated that he was in communication with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred at the Eiffel Tower.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity French Armed Forces
Specific Description Soldier
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources noted that the assailant had previously spent time in a psychiatric hospital and had been granted permission to leave the facility for the weekend.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Terror probe opened over Eiffel Tower attacker," Deutsche Welle, August 8, 2017.
"Eiffel Tower suspect says he was in touch with IS member," Washington Post, August 6, 2017.
"Singapore: France opens terrorism probe into knife-wielding man at Eiffel Tower - source," Channel NewsAsia Online, August 6, 2017.