Incident Summary:

06/27/2019: An assailant opened fire outside a mosque targeting Imam Rachid El Jay, who had been threatened by the Islamic State and far-right groups, in Brest, Bretagne, France. The assailant committed suicide and two people, including El Jay, were injured in the assault. Karl Foyer claimed responsibility and stated that he was ordered to carry out the attack and they threatened to kill his parents and sister if their instructions were not followed.




Western Europe

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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 Civilian
Nationality of Target France
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Imam: Rachid Eljay
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A 9-mm handgun was 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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. The assailant claimed that the attack was carried out under duress from a threat to his family, while other sources noted that the assailant was "a deranged individual acting on his own initiative."
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Singapore: Gunman wounds two, including imam, in French mosque shooting," Channel NewsAsia Online, June 28, 2019.