(Reuters) – Police shot dead a man near Paris on Wednesday after attacking another person with a knife and beheading the victim, a French police source said. The anti-terrorism prosecutor said he was investigating
Here are some of the attacks that have taken place in France in recent years:
** Two people were stabbed and wounded in Paris on September 25 this year near the former offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, where Islamist militants carried out a deadly attack in 2015. A man from Pakistan was arrested as a result of the attack.
** October 3, 2019 – Mickael Harpon, a 45-year-old computer scientist authorized to work at the Paris police headquarters, killed three police officers and a civilian employee before being shot dead by the police. He had converted to Islam about 10 years earlier.
** March 23, 2018 – An armed man kills three people in southwest France after brandishing a car, shooting at police and taking hostages in a supermarket shouting “Allahu Akbar”. Security forces storm the building and kill it.
** July 26, 2016 – Two assailants kill a priest and seriously injure another hostage in a church in northern France before being shot dead by French police. Francois Hollande, who was President of France at the time, said the two hostage takers pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.
** July 14, 2016 – A gunman drives a heavy truck through a crowd celebrating July 14 in the French city of Nice, killing 86 people and injuring dozens more in an attack claimed by ISIS. The attacker is identified as a French of Tunisian origin.
** June 14, 2016 – A Frenchman of Moroccan origin stabs a police commander to death outside his home in a Paris suburb and kills his partner, who also worked for the police. The assailant told police negotiators during a siege that he was responding to a call from ISIS.
** November 13, 2015 – Paris is rocked by multiple near-simultaneous bomb and gun attacks on entertainment venues around the city, in which 130 people are killed and 368 injured. ISIS claims to be responsible for the attacks. Two of the 10 known authors were Belgian citizens and three other French.
** January 7-9, 2015 – Two Islamist activists broke into an editorial meeting for satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on January 7 and raked it with bullets, killing 12 people. Another activist kills a policewoman the next day and takes hostages in a supermarket on January 9, killing four people before the police shoot her down.