Incident Summary:

10/28/2019: An assailant opened fire on civilians and threw an incendiary device targeting a mosque in Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France. Two people were injured in the attack. A Conspiracy theory extremist, Claude Sinke, claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for a conspiracy theory, in which he believed that Muslims set fire to the Notre Dame Cathedral in April 2019. Sources noted that Sinke was a former candidate for France’s far-right National Rally party.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Bayonne.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Bayonne Mosque
Specific Description Mosque
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
A revolver and a petrol canister 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Conspiracy theory extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Man arrested after shooting, arson at French mosque," Al Jazeera, October 28, 2019.
"Who is the French pensioner behind the arson and gun attack on mosque?," The Local France, October 29, 2019.
"France mosque shooting: 84-year-old 'with far-right links' arrested after shots fired in Bayonne; Suspected gunman reportedly a former candidate of Marine Le Pen's right-wing National Rally party, according to police sources.," The Independent, October 28, 2019.