Incident Summary:

03/23/2018: An assailant opened fire inside Super U supermarket and took civilians hostage in Trebes, Occitanie, France. Shortly thereafter, a hostage was released as a police officer, identified as Arnaud Beltrame, took her place. Police later raided the supermarket, killing the assailant and ending the standoff. In addition to the assailant, Beltrame and two civilians were killed and 13 others were injured. Three explosive devices were also discovered and defused at the scene. 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.

GTD ID:
201803230017

When:
2018-03-23

Country:
France

Region:
Western Europe

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Occitanie

City:
Trebes

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Super U
Specific Description Supermarket
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Other Explosive Type
Firearms Handgun
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Three homemade explosive devices, a 7.65-caliber handgun, and a hunting knife were used in the attack.
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 4 Fatalities / 13 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 13
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"French officer who swapped places with a hostage in supermarket attack dies," CNN Wire, March 24, 2018.
"France hostage taking: 'One dead' in Trebes supermarket," BBC, March 23, 2018.
"3 Explosive Devices Found at French Supermarket After Deadly Rampage, Official Says," Time, March 24, 2018.