Incident Summary:

06/12/2018: An assailant held two people hostage in the office of a start-up company on Rue des Petites Ecuries, 10th arrondissement, Paris, France. Both hostages were rescued after four hours and one hostage and the assailant were injured. An unaffiliated individual claimed responsibility for the incident and demanded to speak with the Iranian ambassador.




Western Europe

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Location Details:
The incident occurred on Rue des Petites Ecuries in the 10th arrondissement of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Start-up Company Office
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Hours of Kidnapping 4
Outcome Successful Rescue
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Gasoline and knives were 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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources suspected that the assailant had a psychiatric disorder.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
"Paris - Paris hostage-taker moved to psychiatric hospital," AFP (North European Service), June 13, 2018.
"Singapore: Arrest of gunman ends hostage seige in central Paris," Channel NewsAsia Online, June 12, 2018.
"Paris hostages freed, suspect arrested after 4 hours," Yahoo! Canada, June 12, 2018.