Incident Summary:

10/01/2017: An assailant stabbed two civilians at the French National Railway Corporation (SNCF) Saint Charles Train Station in Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France. At least three people, including both civilians and the assailant, were killed in the assault. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) news outlet, Amaq News Agency, claimed that the assailant, identified as Ahmed Hanachi, was one of the group's "soldiers."




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur


Location Details:
The incident occurred outside of Saint Charles train station.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity French National Railway Corporation (SNCF)
Specific Description Marseille Saint Charles Train Station
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
A knife 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
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
"Marseille: Fatal Knife Attack at Train Station, Assailant Cried "Allahu Akbar", Slit Women's Throats," BBC, October 1, 2017.
"Two dead in knife attack at France's Marseille," Al Jazeera, October 1, 2017.
"Washington - Islamic State group claims responsibility for Marseille attack: SITE," AFP (North European Service), October 1, 2017.