Incident Summary:

12/11/2018: An assailant, armed with a firearm and a knife, attacked civilians at a Christmas market along Rue des Orfevres, Strasbourg, Grand-Est, France. Five civilians were killed and 11 others were injured in the attack. The assailant was killed by authorities on December 13, 2018. Cherif Chekatt, an unaffiliated individual, claimed responsibility for the incident and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)'s Amaq News Agency claimed that Chekatt was a "soldier" of ISIL; however, the French Interior Minister refuted the claim.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred along Rue des Orfevres.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Christmas Market
Specific Description Market
Nationality of Target France
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Multinational
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
An 8-mm Modele 1892 revolver and a knife 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) No
Additional Information The victims included Polish national Barto Pedro Orent-Niedzielski, Thai national Anupong Suebsamarn, Afghan National Kamal Naghchband, and Italian national Antonio Megalizzi. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
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 5 Fatalities / 11 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 11
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Strasbourg Christmas market attacker Chekatt shot dead," BBC, December 13, 2018.
"At Least 1 Dead After Shooting in Strasbourg," New York Times, December 11, 2018.
"Market gunman pledged allegiance to Isil; News in Brief," Sunday Independent (Ireland), December 23, 2018.