New Delhi: 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.
Following is a list of terror attacks in France between 2003 and 2016:
July 14, 2016:
Around 80 killed and several others injured in Nice terror attack.
13 June 2016:
Magnanville stabbing, 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 receiving injuries. 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 4 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 persons 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 traveling from Amsterdam to Paris. 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 when 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, are 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 an hostage taking at a Hypercacher kosher market. He said he synchronized 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:
A man reportedly yelling “Allahu Akbar” ran over 11 pedestrians with his vehicle.
20 December 2014:
A man reportedly yelling “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:
Toulouse and Montauban shootings-murdering three French paratroopers, a French Rabbi and three French schoolchildren (aged eight, six and three) carried out over a period of 11 days by Mohammed Merah.
1 December 2007:
Two members of the Spanish Civil Guard carrying out 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.