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
Ransom 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
"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.
"Thailand: Car rams into soldiers in Paris, suspect shot and arrested," Bangkok Post Online, August 10, 2017.
"Terrorist attack suspected after motorist runs over soldiers at military base outside Paris," CTV News, August 9, 2017.