Incident Summary:

10/16/2020: An assailant armed with a knife attacked and beheaded a teacher, identified as Samuel Paty, outside of a school in Conflans Sainte Honorine suburb, Paris, France. The assailant was shot and killed by security forces shortly after the attack. Abdoulakh Anzorov, and unaffiliated individual, claimed responsibility for the incident and stated "From Abdullah, the servant of Allah, to Macron, the leader of the infidels, I executed one of your hell dogs who dared to belittle Muhammad" in reference to the victim, Samuel Paty, who showed cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in his classroom. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) praised the incident and took responsibility for inspiring Anzorov to carrying out the attack, referring to him as a martyr with the name "Abdallah al-Shishani."




Western Europe

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Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Conflans Sainte Honorine suburb.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Teacher: Samuel Paty
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Other Gun Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
A butcher's knife and an air gun 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 (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Teacher decapitated in France, suspect shot dead by police," Al Jazeera, October 16, 2020.
"French police arrest 9 people after 18-year-old decapitates teacher in terror attack," Telegraph, October 17, 2020.
"Teacher knifed to death in France after showing class cartoons of Prophet Mohammad," Reuters Canada, October 16, 2020.