Most recently, on March 18, a convicted criminal was shot dead at Orly Airport. By far the most deadly strike was in November 13, 2015, when 130 people died.On January 7, two brothers killed 11 inside headquarters of satirical magazine.
French police have said tonight's attack was 'probably a
terrorist act', and if so it would be at least the sixth terror strike on Paris
in three years.
Most recently, on March 18, a convicted criminal with links
to radical Islam shouted 'I am here to die for Allah, there will be
deaths' seconds before he was shot dead during an attack at Orly airport.
And a month earlier, on February 3, a man was shot five
times outside the Louvre museum in the heart of Paris after attempting to
storm the historic art gallery.
Last year, on June 13, two police officers were murdered in
their home just outside Paris in front of their 8-year-old son in an attack
claimed by Islamic State.
By far the most deadly strike came on November 13, 2015,
when ISIS militants killed 130 people in France's worst atrocity since World
A series of suicide bomb and shooting attacks were launched
on crowded sites in central Paris, as well as the northern suburb of
The majority of those killed were in the Bataclan concert
hall where hostages were taken.
Islamic State extremists claimed responsibility and said it
was in retaliation for French participation in airstrikes on the militant
group's positions in Syria and Iraq.
It led to the declaration of a state of emergency in France
with police powers greatly expanded.
And on January 7, two brothers killed 11 people inside the
Paris building housing the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in revenge for the
publication of cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammed.
More were killed subsequently in attacks on a kosher market
in eastern Paris and on police. There were 17 victims in all, including
two police officers. The attackers were killed.
The shooting on March 20 comes just two days after the
arrest of two men found with a cache of weapons and explosives in Marseilles.
They were suspected of preparing an attack to disrupt the
first round of the presidential election on Sunday.
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