Incident Summary:

10/29/2020: Police identified and arrested an assailant armed with a knife attempting to board a train in the 2nd Arrondissement of Lyon, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France. There were no reported casualties. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Muslim extremists.




Western Europe

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Location Details:
The incident occurred at the corner of Rue des Remparts d'Ainay and Rue Victor Hugo in the 2nd Arrondissement.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Lyon Metro
Specific Description Subway Station
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 30-centimeter 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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources questioned the mental stability of the assailant.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Muslim extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Man shot dead by French police in Avigon belonged to extreme-right group," TRT World, October 30, 2020.
"Terrorism Digest: 30-31 Oct 20," BBC Monitoring, October 31, 2020.