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Deadly Attacks in Western Europe Since 2014

  • VOA Staff

Emergency services transport an injured person to an ambulance, close to the Houses of Parliament in London, March 22, 2017.

Police say there are an unspecified number of casualties including police officers in a "terrorist incident" close to the British parliament in London.

Eyewitnesses say a car crashed into pedestrians on nearby Westminster bridge before an assailant stabbed a policeman and was shot by police outside the parliament building. Two people were killed, according to Sky News, including a police officer.

March 18, 2017 - A man attempts to snatch gun from female soldier on patrol at Orly airport south of Paris; man, who interior ministry spokesman says had earlier fired a potshot at police during an identity check before fleeing, is shot dead in the Orly incident by other members of soldier patrol unit.

Travelers wait outside the Orly airport, south of Paris, March, 18, 2017. A man was shot to death after trying to seize the weapon of a soldier guarding Paris' Orly Airport.
Travelers wait outside the Orly airport, south of Paris, March, 18, 2017. A man was shot to death after trying to seize the weapon of a soldier guarding Paris' Orly Airport.

Feb. 3, 2017 - A machete-wielding man, shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest), attacked soldiers in a shopping mall on the edge of the Louvre museum in Paris; he is shot and seriously wounded by soldiers. Security sources in Cairo identified the man as Abdullah Reda al-Hamamy, born in Dakahlia, a province northeast of Cairo.

French police, soldiers and firefighters are seen in front of the street entrance of the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, France, Feb. 3, 2017 .
French police, soldiers and firefighters are seen in front of the street entrance of the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, France, Feb. 3, 2017 .

Dec. 19, 2016 - A truck ploughs into a crowded Christmas market in central Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring 48. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says authorities are assuming it was a terrorist attack.

A truck is seen near the Christmas market in Berlin, Germany Dec. 19, 2016.
A truck is seen near the Christmas market in Berlin, Germany Dec. 19, 2016.

July 26, 2016 - Two attackers kill a priest with a blade and seriously wound another hostage in a church in northern France before being shot dead by French police. Five people are initially taken hostage. French President Francois Hollande says the two hostage-takers had pledged allegiance to Islamic State.

Police and rescue workers stand at the scene after two assailants had taken five people hostage in the church at Saint-Etienne-du -Rouvray near Rouen in Normandy, France, July 26, 2016.
Police and rescue workers stand at the scene after two assailants had taken five people hostage in the church at Saint-Etienne-du -Rouvray near Rouen in Normandy, France, July 26, 2016.

A patient shoots at a doctor in a university clinic in Steglitz, a southwestern district of Berlin, before shooting himself. German police say there is no sign of a link to terrorism.

July 24, 2016 - A 21-year-old Syrian refugee is arrested after killing a pregnant woman and wounding two people with a machete in the southwestern German city of Reutlingen, near Stuttgart. "Given the current evidence, there is no indication that this was a terrorist attack," police say.

A special police officer examines the scene after an explosion occurred in Ansbach, Germany, Monday, July 25, 2016.
A special police officer examines the scene after an explosion occurred in Ansbach, Germany, Monday, July 25, 2016.

A Syrian man wounds 15 people when he blows himself up outside a music festival in Ansbach in southern Germany. Islamic State claims responsibility for the attack. The 27-year-old arrived in Germany two years ago and claimed asylum. He had been in trouble with the police repeatedly for drug-taking and other offences and had faced deportation to Bulgaria.

July 22, 2016 - An 18-year-old German-Iranian gunman apparently acting alone kills at least nine people in Munich. The teenager had no Islamist ties but was obsessed with mass killings. The attack was carried out on the fifth anniversary of twin attacks by Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik that killed 77 people.

Police secures the area of a subway station Karlsplatz (Stachus) near a shopping mall following a shooting on July 22, 2016 in Munich.
Police secures the area of a subway station Karlsplatz (Stachus) near a shopping mall following a shooting on July 22, 2016 in Munich.

July 18, 2016 - A 17-year-old Afghan refugee wielding an axe and a knife attacks passengers on a train in southern Germany, severely wounding four, before being shot dead by police.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

German emergency services workers work in the area where a man with an ax attacked passengers on a train near the city of Wuerzburg, July 19, 2016.
German emergency services workers work in the area where a man with an ax attacked passengers on a train near the city of Wuerzburg, July 19, 2016.

July 14, 2016 - A gunman drives a heavy truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice, killing 86 people and injuring scores more in an attack claimed by Islamic State. The attacker is identified as a Tunisian-born Frenchman.

Bodies are seen on the ground after a truck ran into a crowd in Nice, France during a celebration for the Bastille Day national holiday, July 14, 2016.
Bodies are seen on the ground after a truck ran into a crowd in Nice, France during a celebration for the Bastille Day national holiday, July 14, 2016.

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 attacker told police negotiators during a siege that he was answering an appeal by Islamic State.

March 22, 2016 - Three Islamic State suicide bombers, all Belgian nationals, blow themselves up at Brussels airport and in a metro train in the Belgian capital, killing 32 people. Police find links with the November attacks in Paris.

An injured woman looks on as another speaks on her mobile phone following twin blasts at Brussels airport in Zaventem, Belgium, March 22, 2016.
An injured woman looks on as another speaks on her mobile phone following twin blasts at Brussels airport in Zaventem, Belgium, March 22, 2016.

Nov. 13, 2015 - Paris is rocked by multiple, near simultaneous gun-and-bomb attacks on entertainment sites around the city, in which 130 people die and 368 are wounded. Islamic State claims responsibility. Two of the 10 known perpetrators were Belgian citizens and three others were French.

Victims lay on the pavement in a Paris restaurant, Nov. 13, 2015.
Victims lay on the pavement in a Paris restaurant, Nov. 13, 2015.

Jan. 7-9, 2015 - Two Islamist militants break into an editorial meeting of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on Jan. 7 and rake it with bullets, killing 17. Another militant kills a policewoman the next day and takes hostages at a supermarket on Jan. 9, killing four before police shoot him dead. The attacks prompt a worldwide solidarity movement with the slogan "Je Suis Charlie" (I am Charlie).

An injured person is evacuated outside the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's office, in Paris, Jan. 7, 2015.
An injured person is evacuated outside the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's office, in Paris, Jan. 7, 2015.

May 24, 2014 - Four people are killed in a shooting at the Jewish Museum in central Brussels. The attacker was French national Mehdi Nemmouche, 29, who was subsequently arrested in Marseille, France. Extradited, he is awaiting trial in Belgium.

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