Incident Summary:

03/23/2018: An assailant opened fire on police personnel jogging outside a riot police squad barracks in Carcassonne, Occitanie, France. One police officer 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) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity French Police
Specific Description Riot Police Officers
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
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 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
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
"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.
"LIVE: Hostage-taker in southern France killed by security forces," France24, March 23, 2018.