December 20, 2016 / 11:34 AM / 7 months ago

FACTBOX-Deadly attacks in Western Europe since 2014

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Following are some of the deadly attacks in Western Europe over
the past two years:

    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.  
    
    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.
    
    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 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.
    
    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. 
    
    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. 
     
    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.
            
    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.
    
    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). 
    
    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.

 (Editing by Sonya Hepinstall, Raissa Kasolowsky and Frances
Kerry)

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