Incident Summary:

08/31/2019: An assailant armed with a knife stabbed civilians at the Laurent-Bonnevay bus station in Lyon, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France. One person was killed and eight others were injured in the attack. Marmed Sultan N., an unaffiliated individual, claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that "he heard voices insulting his God and inciting him to commit a massacre." Sources further stated that during the attack he shouted "They do not read the Koran."




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Villeurbanne area of the city.

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
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
A butcher 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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. The assailant was "experiencing 'paranoid delirium'," "'was in a psychotic state'," and had used cannabis prior to the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Muslim 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 / 8 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 8
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"One Dead, Eight Wounded in Knife Attack near Lyon, France," Latin American Herald Tribune, September 1, 2019.
"Afghan Man Detained Following Mass Knife Attack In France," Radio Free Europe, September 1, 2019.