June 2017 Champs-Élysées car ramming attack

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On 19 June 2017, the driver of a car containing guns and explosives rammed the car into a police vehicle on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France. He was killed and was later identified as Djaziri Adam Lotfi.[1]

Before beginning the attack, Djaziri pledged his support to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.[2]


Jihadists have specifically targeted policemen and soldiers providing security in France, with at least 12 such targeted attacks on police/soldiers between 2012 and 2017.[3] ISIS has encouraged the targeting of police and soldiers on the grounds that they represent the state.[4][5] The series includes the 2016 Magnanville stabbing, Louvre machete attack, the 2017 Orly airport attack, the 2017 Notre Dame attack, and the April 2017 shooting of Paris police officers.[6][7] Le Monde reported that since January 2015, terrorist attacks in France have left 239 dead.[8]


At 3:40 pm local time in Paris a convoy of police vans was driving up the Champs-Élysées when someone rammed his Renault Mégane into the lead vehicle in the police convoy. The Renault immediately caught fire.[9] [10] The car contained an AK-47 assault rifle, handguns, and a gas canister.[11] The attack vehicle also contained a quantity of explosives sufficient to "blow this car up."[12] The attacker was killed and the incident is under investigation as possible terrorism.[11][10] The Department of Interior stated that explosives have been found in his car. The French Minister of the Home Office, Gérard Collomb, spoke of a planned attack. The attacker was known by the police.[6]


The attacker was identified as Djaziri Adam Lotfi (31), (alt. Dzaziri) a resident of the northwestern Paris suburb of Argenteuil.[7] He was a scion of a "Salafist family".[13] The perpetrator had been included on the "S" file,[14][15] i.e., was a "an individual considered to be a serious threat to national security." The reason for his inclusion on the fiche S was his belonging to the "radical islamist movement".[16][7][9] He was known by the police. Even though he was considered dangerous, he got a weapon license.[17]

The attacker had obtained a legal permit to own a gun; authorities were unable ot explain why the permit had not been withdrawn when was added to the terrorism watch list.[18] On the day following the attack, four relatives of the driver were taken into police custody.[10]

On the day of the attack, perpetrator mailed letters pledging his allegiance to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.[2]

See also



  1. "Car ploughs into police van in Paris Champs-Elysees 'attack'". The Guardian. 19 June 2017. https://guardian.ng/news/world/car-ploughs-into-police-van-in-paris-champs-elysees-attack/. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dickey, Christopher (23 June 2017). "There Are So Many Attacks It’s a Terror Blur, But Those Who Keep Track Are Very Worried". Daily Beast. http://www.thedailybeast.com/there-are-so-many-attacks-its-a-terror-blur-but-those-who-keep-track-are-very-worried. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  3. "Timeline: How jihadists have targeted soldiers and police in France". The Local. 6 June 2017. https://www.thelocal.fr/20170606/islamist-attacks-against-police-and-soldiers-in-france. Retrieved 8 June 2017. "February 3rd, 2017: A man pulled out two machetes and attacked one of the soldiers standing guard at the entrance to the underground Carrousel du Louvre shopping centre, which is next to the world famous art gallery. Soldiers tried to fight him off with close contact but were unable to contain him. They then opened fire." 
  4. "Feds Warn of ISIS-Inspired Threat Against Police, Reporters in US". NBC News. 13 October 2014. http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-terror/feds-warn-isis-inspired-threat-against-police-reporters-us-n224826. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  5. "European terror attacks increasingly targeting police, security forces". Fox News. 21 April 2017. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/04/21/european-terror-attacks-increasingly-targeting-police-security-forces.html. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Paris: Mutmaßlicher Attentäter rammt Polizeiwagen auf Champs-Élysées" (in de-DE). Die Zeit. 2017-06-19. ISSN 0044-2070. http://www.zeit.de/gesellschaft/zeitgeschehen/2017-06/paris-polizeiwagen-grosseinsatz-champs-elysees. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 McAuley, James (19 June 2017). "Driver dies after ramming car into police vehicle on Champs-Elysees in probable terrorist attack". Washington Post. 
  8. "Champs-Elysées : des gendarmes attaqués, Collomb dénonce une " tentative d'attentat "". 19 June 2017. http://www.lemonde.fr/police-justice/article/2017/06/19/un-vehicule-percute-un-fourgon-de-gendarmerie-sur-les-champs-elysees_5147513_1653578.html. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Bredeen, Aurelein (19 June 2017). "Armed Man Is Killed After Driving Into Police Convoy on Champs-Élysée". New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/19/world/europe/paris-champs-elysees-car.html?mcubz=2&_r=0. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Bell, Melissa (19 June 2017). "Car rams police van on Champs-Elysees, armed suspect dead". CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/19/europe/paris-police-operation/index.html. Retrieved 19 June 2017. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 Henley, Jon (19 June 2017). "Champs Élysées: driver dead as car carrying firearms rams police van". The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/19/champs-elysees-sealed-off-car-hits-police-van-paris. Retrieved 19 June 2017. 
  12. "Champs-Elysees attack car 'had guns and gas' – Paris police". BBC. 20 June 2017. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40332532. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  13. "Attentat raté sur les Champs-Élysées contre des gendarmes par un islamiste radicalisé" (in French). La Dépêche du Midi. http://www.ladepeche.fr/article/2017/06/19/2596640-champs-elysees-une-voiture-percute-un-fourgon-de-gendarmerie.html. Retrieved 19 June 2017. "Issu d'une famille salafiste, l'auteur, Djaziri Adam Lotfi, qui n'avait jamais été condamné, était fiché S (pour Sûreté de l'État) depuis 2015 pour son appartenance à la "mouvance islamiste radicale"" 
  14. "EN DIRECT – Info TF1/LCI : les enquêteurs ont retrouvé 9041 munitions dans la voiture de l'assaillant des Champs-Élysées". http://www.lci.fr/faits-divers/en-direct-champs-elysees-une-voiture-percute-un-fourgon-de-gendarmes-la-section-anti-terroriste-ouvre-une-enquete-2055990.html. 
  15. "Tentative d'attentat sur les Champs-Élysées : un assaillant fiché S". 19 June 2017. http://www.francetvinfo.fr/faits-divers/terrorisme/attaque-de-gendarmes-sur-les-champs-elysees/tentative-d-attentat-sur-les-champs-elysees-un-assaillant-fiche-s_2244719.html. 
  16. "Un islamiste tente de faire exploser sa voiture sur les Champs-Élysées" (in French). Le Figaro. http://www.lefigaro.fr/actualite-france/2017/06/19/01016-20170619ARTFIG00363-il-tente-de-faire-exploser-sa-voiture-sur-les-champs-elysees.php. Retrieved 19 June 2017. "Djaziri Adam L., âgé de 31 ans et né en France, était fiché S depuis septembre 1995, en raison de son appartenance à la «mouvance islamiste radicale»" 
  17. "Angriff auf Champs-Élysées: Angreifer von Paris war IS-Anhänger" (in de-DE). Die Zeit. 2017-06-20. ISSN 0044-2070. http://www.zeit.de/gesellschaft/zeitgeschehen/2017-06/angriff-champs-elysees-angreifer-waffenschein-paris. 
  18. "Paris: 4 family members detained after Champs-Elysees attack". AP. 20 June 2017. http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/paris-family-members-detained-champs-elysees-attack-48148105. Retrieved 21 June 2017. 

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