Incident Summary:

01/03/2020: An assailant, identified as Nathan C., attacked civilians with a knife in Villejuif, Ile-de-France, France. One civilian was killed and two others were injured in the attack before the assailant was shot and killed by police. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to a Jihadi-inspired extremist. Sources noted that witnesses heard the assailant shout "Allahu Akhbar" during the attack. Authorities stated that they found religious items in the assailant's backpack, and suspected that he had been radicalized in the prior year.




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 Unknown
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
Fake Weapons
Weapon Details
A knife and a fake suicide vest 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
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 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
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
"Paris Villejuif stabbings: Attacker 'had psychiatric condition'," BBC, January 3, 2020.
"Knife attack near Paris treated as terror-related," CBC, January 4, 2020.
"Knife attack in Paris is being treated as terror-related, police confirm," Sky News, January 4, 2020.