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17 terror attacks that rocked France between 2003 and 2016

News Agencies | Updated on: 15 July 2016, 15:52 IST

In the first 16 years of the 21st century, France has been a victim of 17 terror-related incidents, the latest being on Thursday evening, when a truck driver equipped with weapons and hand grenades, mowed down at least 80 people in the resort city of Nice during a Bastille Day celebratory fireworks display.

Here's a list of terror attacks that shook France between 2003 and 2016:

14 July, 2016:

Around 80 killed and several others injured in Nice terror attack.

13 June, 2016:

A police officer and his wife, a police secretary, were stabbed to death in their home in Magnanville by a jihadist. Terror outfit ISIS had claimed responsibility for the attack.

7 January, 2016:

A jihadist wearing a fake explosive belt attacked police officers in the Goutte d'Or district in Paris with a meat cleaver, while shouting 'Allahu Akbar'.

He was shot dead and one policeman was injured. The ISIS flag, and a clearly written claim in Arabic, were found on the attacker.

1 January, 2016:

A man rammed his car twice into four soldiers protecting a mosque in Valence. He said he wanted to kill troops and jihadi propaganda images were found on his computer.

13-14 November, 2015:

Around 130 people were killed and more than 350 others injured after multiple shooting and grenade attacks occurred; among the locations targeted were a music venue, sports stadium and several bar and restaurant terraces. 90 people were killed during a siege at an Eagles of Death Metal concert inside the Bataclan.

21 August, 2015:

An attempted mass shooting occurred on a train on its way to Paris from Amsterdam. Four people were injured, including the assailant who was subdued by other passengers.

26 June, 2015:

An Islamist delivery driver, probably linked to ISIS, decapitated a man and rammed a company van into gas cylinders at the Air Products gas factory in an attempt to blow up the building.

19 April, 2015:

Unsuccessful attack against two churches in Villejuif by an Algerian jihadist. He killed a woman probably while trying to steal her car but accidentally shot himself in the leg, putting an end to his plans.

3 February, 2015:

3 military men, guarding a Jewish community center in Nice, were attacked by Moussa Coulibaly (not related to the January Coulibaly attacks).

7-9 January, 2015:

A mass shooting at the magazine Charlie Hebdo office in Paris, carried out by Said and Cherif Kouachi, two Islamist gunmen who identified themselves as belonging to Al-Qaeda in Yemen.

During this period, a third Islamist gunman and close friend of the Kouachi brothers, Amedy Coulibaly was responsible for two shootings and hostage-taking at a Hypercacher kosher market. He said he synchronised his attacks with the Kouachi brothers. Coulibaly had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

At least 20 people were killed and 22 others sustained injuries in the attack.

22 December, 2014:

A man reportedly yelling 'Allahu Akbar' ran over 10 pedestrians with his vehicle, killing one, then attempted suicide.

21 December, 2014:

This incident also includes a man reportedly yelling 'Allahu Akbar'. He ran over 11 pedestrians with his vehicle.

20 December, 2014:

In yet another incident, a man reportedly shouted 'Allahu Akbar' attacked a police officer in Joue-les-Tours with a knife. He was killed and three police officers were injured.

11-22 March, 2012:

Three French paratroopers, a French Rabbi and three French schoolchildren (aged eight, six and three) were shot and murdered over a period of 11 days by Mohammed Merah.

1 December, 2007:

Two members of the Spanish Civil Guard conducting surveillance against ETA members were killed in Capbreton, Landes.

8 October, 2004:

Bomb attack against the Indonesian Embassy in Paris, claimed by the Front Islamique francais arme. 10 people were injured in the attack.

20 July, 2003:

Double attack against the regional directorates of customs and the treasury in Nice, claimed by the National Liberation Front of Corsica (FLNC), left 16 people injured.


First published: 15 July 2016, 15:52 IST