Incident Summary:

04/04/2020: An assailant stabbed civilians in shops in Romans-sur-Isere, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France. Two people were killed and five people were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, authorities arrested Abdallah Ahmed-Osman in connection with the incident and found documents in his home that complained about "living in a country of infidels." Sources also noted that witnesses heard the assailant yell "Allahu Akhbar" during the attack.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the area around Place Charles de Gaulle.

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: Julien Vinson, Thierry Nivon
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 pocket knife and a butcher's knife 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
Jihadi-inspired extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"UPDATE 2-France knife attack suspect charged with terrorism offences, murder," Reuters Africa, April 8, 2020.
"France lays terror charges against knife-attacker who killed two,", April 8, 2020.
"Knife attacker in France kills two, wounds five," The Irish Times, April 6, 2020.