Incident Summary:

10/03/2019: An assailant, identified as an employee at a police headquarters, stabbed his colleagues in Paris, Ile-de-France, France. In addition to the assailant, four people were killed and two others were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to a Jihadi-Inspired extremist, identified as Mickael Harpon. Authorities found a USB drive belonging to Harpon that contained Islamic State propaganda videos and sources believed he "had recently adhered to a 'radical vision of Islam.'"




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 Paris Headquarters
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 ceramic 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) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
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
"Anti-terror police take over Paris inquiry," The Irish Times, October 5, 2019.
"Paris prosecutors: Police attack suspect adhered to 'radical vision of Islam'," Deutsche Welle, October 5, 2019.
"Paris police HQ killer 'stabbed three colleagues before beating a fourth to death'," The Local France, October 4, 2019.