Incident Summary:

03/05/2019: An assailant armed with a ceramic knife stabbed guards at a prison in Conde-sur-Sarthe, Normandy, France. Two guards were injured in the attack. Both the assailant and his partner were shot by police after they barricaded themselves and his partner later died of her wounds. Michael Chiolo, an unaffiliated individual, claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that he carried out the suicide attack in retaliation for the death of Cherif Chekatt, the perpetrator of the December 2018 Strasbourg attack. Chekatt had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).




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 Conde-sur-Sarthe Prison Guards
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Fake Weapons
Weapon Details
A ceramic knife and a fake explosives-laden belt were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
"Jihadist knifes guards in French prison," BBC, March 5, 2019.
"Caen - 'Radicalised' inmate detained after slashing guards in French prison," AFP (North European Service), March 5, 2019.
"Terror probe launched after French prisoner stabs guards," Deutsche Welle, March 6, 2019.