Knife attack at the Rambouillet police station, France


On Friday, around 2:30 p.m. local time, a man armed with a knife entered the Rambouillet (Yvelines) police station and attacked a police officer.  As results of the severe injuries, unfortunately,  shortly after the incident victim died.

The attacker, who is a Tunisian citizen,  was neutralized with two shots by the police. According to "franceinfo", he is a 36-year-old man, unknown to the intelligence services. 

For your safety, please avoid the area of the incident and some of the closest streets such as Rue Pasteur, Rue Maurice Dechy, Rue Ferdinand Dreyfus.

For more information about how to stay safe, please see our safety ADVISORY.


What to do in the case of a terrorist attack

  • Remain calm and be patient
  • Follow the advice of local emergency officials
  • Know the emergency numbers of the country you are in
  • Listen to the radio or television for news and instructions
  • Call your family contact—do not use the telephone again unless it is a life-threatening emergency
  • If there is an explosion outside a building, stay inside. Keep away from windows, lifts and outside doors in case there’s another bomb nearby
  • Be vigilant in public areas and places that attract foreigners and westerners –  hotels, restaurants, bars and crowded places like markets, malls or sports events. Always be aware of your surroundings
  • Think about the routes you use and have a plan of action to follow in the event of an incident
  • Keep your mobile phone charged and with you, with emergency numbers programmed in
  • Find the safest way to leave the area. Move as quickly and calmly as you can


What to do after the terrorist attack

  • If you are at the airport, minimise the time spent in the public area, which is generally less well protected. Move quickly from the check-in counter to the secured areas.
  • Do not go out into the public streets
  • If you saw the explosion inform the police
  • Make yourself aware of your surroundings. Be aware of the conduct of people near you. If they are acting suspicious, alert the local authorities
  • Follow the advice of local emergency officials
  • Listen to the radio or television for news and instructions
  • Stay away from large gatherings or demonstrations