Incident Summary:

10/29/2020: An assailant armed with a knife attacked civilians outside the Notre-Dame de L’Assomption Basilica in Nice, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France. Three people were killed in the attack, and the assailant was shot and injured before being arrested by police. Al-Mahdi in Southern Tunisia claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. The group stated that they provided training for and prepared the assailant, Brahim Aouissaoui. Authorities stated that they found photos linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Aouissaoui's phone, along with a recording in which he describes France as "a country of unbelievers." There were also photos of the perpetrator of the attack that killed Samuel Paty on October 16, 2020.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur


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: Nadine Devillers, Simone Barreto Silva
Nationality of Target France
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Notre-Dame de L’Assomption
Specific Description Church Sexton: Vincent Loques
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 12-inch knife 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
Al-Mahdi in Southern Tunisia Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Knife attack in French city Nice leaves one dead, several hurt," Al Jazeera, October 29, 2020.
"Attacker in Nice had a photo on his phone of the the man who beheaded teacher over cartoons," Straits Times, November 13, 2020.
"France raises security alert after 3 killed in Nice," RTE Online, October 29, 2020.