Incident Summary:

09/25/2020: An assailant armed with a meat cleaver attacked people outside the former Charlie Hebdo offices along Rue Nicolas Appert in 11th arrondissement, Paris, Ile-de-France, France. At least two Premieres Lignes employees were injured in the assault. Authorities arrested Zaheer Hassan Mehmood in connection with the attack. Mehmood recorded a video on his phone prior to the incident where he stated that he wanted to "avenging the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed." Authorities also stated that Mehmood planned to set the office on fire.




Western Europe

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Location Details:
The incident occurred in the 11e arrondissement along Rue Nicolas Appert.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Premieres Lignes
Specific Description Employees
Nationality of Target France
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Charlie Hebdo
Specific Description Employees and Office
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 cleaver 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
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
"Paris knife attacker charged with 'attempted terrorist killings': prosecutor," Agence France Presse, September 29, 2020.
"Paris Attack Suspect Wanted to Target Charlie Hebdo With Arson," New York Times, September 29, 2020.
"Several injured in Paris knife attack near Charlie Hebdo's former office," CNN, September 25, 2020.