Incident Summary:

03/23/2018: An assailant hijacked a vehicle in Carcassonne, Occitanie, France. One passenger was killed and the driver of the vehicle was injured in the attack. This was one of three related attacks carried out in Carcassonne and Trebes on this date. An unaffiliated individual, identified as Redouane Lakdim, claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that he was a "soldier of the Islamic State" and demanded the release of Salah Abdeslam, one of the assailants who carried out the November 2015 Paris attacks. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) also claimed responsibility; however Lakdim's connection to the group could not be confirmed.




Western Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hijacking
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Vehicle
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
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
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 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Hostage-taker in southern France fatally shot by security forces after killing three," France24, March 23, 2018.
"Who is Salah Abdeslam? ISIS gunman in France demanded release of 'Paris attacker'," Daily Star Online, March 23, 2018.
"'Two Dead' In Southern France Apparent 'Terrorist Act'," Radio Free Europe, March 23, 2018.