Incident Summary:

05/12/2018: An assailant stabbed pedestrians along the Rue Monsigny in Paris, Ile-de-France, France. Police opened fire in response, killing the assailant. One civilian was killed and four people, including a Chinese national, were injured in the attack. An unaffiliated individual, identified as Khamzat Azimov, claimed responsibility for the incident and stated "You started it by bombing Islamic lands. France, you started it by killing Muslims... and then we give you a response, you cry. If you want this to stop, put pressure on your government, I'm not the first one to tell you. Others like me told you before acting, but you refused to listen." Sources also noted that Azimov pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the incident; however, the veracity of this claim could not be verified.

GTD ID:
201805120004

When:
2018-05-12

Country:
France

Region:
Western Europe

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Ile-de-France

City:
Paris

Location Details:
The incident occurred along the Rue Monsigny.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target France
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian
Nationality of Target China
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian
Nationality of Target Luxembourg
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
Jihadi-inspired extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Paris attack: Knifeman kills one before being shot by police," BBC, May 13, 2018.
"ISIS releases footage of Paris attacker pledging allegiance," New York Post, May 13, 2018.
"French Police Say Two Dead, Four Wounded In Paris Knife Attack," Radio Free Europe, May 12, 2018.