Incident Summary:

08/09/2017: An assailant drove a vehicle into French Armed Forces soldiers near the town hall in Levallois-Perret, Ile-de-France, France. At least six soldiers were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility; however, Hamou Bachir Benlatreche, identified as a Muslim extremist, was arrested five hours after the incident.




Western Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity French Armed Forces
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Weapon Details
A BMW automobile 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 No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 6 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 6
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Thailand: Car rams into soldiers in Paris, suspect shot and arrested," Bangkok Post Online, August 10, 2017."
"Paris police wait to interview suspect after car rammed soldiers; Hamou Bachir Benlatreche in serious condition after he was shot during his arrest following incident in Levallois-Perret," The Guardian (London), August 10, 2017."
"Terrorist attack suspected after motorist runs over soldiers at military base outside Paris," CTV News, August 9, 2017."