Two years of terror: 278 people have died in recent terror attacks in Europe


Thursday’s attack in the French Riviera city of Nice was callous and shocking, but not uncommon given the number of prominent terrorist assaults on European cities in recent years. In the last two years alone, 278 people have been killed in attacks by Islamic extremists in several European capitals, including London, Paris and Brussels.  

Here are some of them:

July 14, 2016

Nice, France | 84 killed, 202 injured

At least 84 people, including 10 children, were killed and 202 injured, dozens of them critically, after a man identified by French authorities as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove an 18-ton refrigerated truck into a crowded seaside promenade where revelers were celebrating France’s Bastille Day. Among the dead were Americans Sean Copeland, 51, and his son 11-year-old-son Brodie, who were vacationing in Nice from Texas.

French prosecutors said Bouhlel, 41, a Tunisian-born French citizen, was killed during an exchange of gunfire with security forces.

Bodies lie on the street after a truck plowed through a crowded seaside promenade in Nice, France. (Antoine Chauvel / For The Times)

June 13, 2016

Magnanville, France | 2 killed

Two French citizens -- a police officer and his wife -- were stabbed to death in Magnanville, France, by a man swearing his allegiance to Islamic State. The attacker was a convicted terrorist identified as Larossi Abballa, 42.

March 22, 2016

Brussels | 35 killed, 300 injured

Brussels bombings include two suicide bombings in Brussels Airport and one bombing in Brussels Metro that resulted in 35 deaths and more than 300 wounded.

Dec. 5, 2015

London | 1 injured

A man was seriously injured in a knife attack at a subway station in London. The incident was labeled as a terror attack because the attacker reportedly shouted, "This is for Syria" during the attack.The attacker was arrested after being tasered by police

Crime scene investigators collect evidence at Leytonstone tube station in east London. (Getty Images)
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Jan. 7, 2016

Paris | 1 killed

French police shot a man as he attempted to gain access to a Paris police station while brandishing a knife. The incident occurred on the first anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks.

Nov. 13, 2015

Paris | 137 killed, 368 injured

A series of coordinated attacks in Paris, which consisted of mass shootings and suicide bombings, was the most fatal event on French soil since World War II.

Aug. 21, 2015

Arras, France | 5 injured

A shooting and stabbing incident took place on board a Thalys train in France on its way from Amsterdam to Paris. The train had just crossed the border from Belgium into France when the suspect opened fire in a train carriage before being subdued by passengers, one of whom he stabbed.

June 26, 2015

Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, France | 1 killed, 11 injured

A French Muslim of North African descent, Yassine Salhi, allegedly decapitated his employer Hervé Cornara and drove his van into gas cylinders at a gas factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier near Lyon, France, which caused an explosion. Salhi was arrested and charged with murder and attempted murder linked to terrorism.

Jan. 7, 2015

Paris | 12 killed, 11 injured

Two brothers forced their way into the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Armed with assault rifles and other weapons, they killed 11 people and injured 11 others in the building. After leaving, they killed a French National Police officer outside the building.

Jan. 8, 2015

Paris | 5 killed

A policewoman was killed along with four civilians at a Jewish supermarket in an attack connected to the Charlie Hebdo assault. The suspect named as Amedy Coulibaly was later shot dead by police.