Abd el Maleck
Occupation Soldier

February 14, 1946

Cause of death Executed
Penalty Sentenced to death
Attack information
Date June 10/11, 1945
9:30 p.m.
Location(s) Dieppe, France
Killed 15
Injured 9
Weapon(s) Rifle
Melee weapon

Abd el Maleck was a North African corporal who killed 15 people and wounded nine others in Dieppe, France on June 10 and June 11, 1945.[1][2]

On the evening of June 10 Maleck, a member of the 5th Group of North African Rifles[3] which was stationed at the barracks Duquesne, arrived already drunk at the bar "La Grimpette" located at the Avenue Gambetta. There he made advances towards an 18-year-old waitress, but when she rejected him, he became enraged and at around 9:30 p.m. attacked the girl with a sharp weapon, injuring her in the hand and neck.

While the waitress was taken to her quarters in Janval, Maleck returned to the barracks, procured a rifle, and, hiding it under his raincoat, made his way towards the center of the city. Stopped in his track by a sub-lieutenant of the battalion and asked where he was going with the weapon, he replied that he was carrying it to the sentry. The sub-lieutenant, apparently satisfied with the answer, continued on his path, whereupon Maleck fired four shots at him that barely missed their target.

As his intended victim escaped and rushed to warn his superiors Maleck proceeded towards the quarter Saint-Pierre, firing on his way two shots at Mr. and Mrs. Soulet, which killed the latter and seriously wounded the former and further down the street shot a mechanic of the SNCF. He continued to fire randomly at people, shooting many of them at point-blank range while making his way along the Rue du Château d'Eau, the Rue Louis de Bures, the Quai du Tonkin, where he shot a woman in the abdomen, the Rue de l'Entrepôt, and the harbour. In a matter of minutes he thus killed nine people and wounded eight more, before heading towards Janval and spending the night in a bunker at the golf. Since Maleck could not be found immediately a curfew was imposed in the city, while police and a mobile brigade of French tirailleurs searched the area around the harbour, suspecting that he was hiding there.

The following morning he continued his rampage in the Janval quarter, where he went to the home of the waitress who had rejected his advances the previous night, but as he was unable to locate her Maleck killed her sister instead and returned to the bunker. By the time police arrived at the crime scene he was already gone, but when they combed the area two policemen finally spotted him at his shelter. Maleck, aware that he had been discovered, went into hiding, and when the officers managed to track him down nonetheless he opened fired, instantly killing the first policeman and wounding the second, whom he then dispatched with a bullet to the neck.

Afterwards Maleck escaped towards Le Petit Appeville, killing on his way an adjudant with a shot in the back, as well as a worker passing by on the sidewalk, and also wounding a motorist waiting at a red light, who was hit by a shot in the kidney. He then took refuge in a tunnel at Le Petit Appeville near a former German radar station where he was eventually surrounded by police and ordered to surrender. Maleck refused to comply and yelled insults at the officers, but when he was hit in the thigh by a sniper he dropped his gun, whereupon he was overpowered, handcuffed, and taken to hospital. At that time he still had a large quantity of ammunition with him. Asked about the reason for his rampage he blamed the entire incident on alcohol.

The next day Maleck was transferred to prison. He was sentenced to death on September 22 the same year, and executed by firing squad on February 14, 1946. To comemorate the police officers killed during the manhunt a stele was erected at the place they were shot.

Early reports mentioned 14 people killed and nine wounded, including Maleck's adjudant and a Mr. Dijon, though one of the injured apparently later died.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12]


Among those killed were:

  • Mrs. Soulet
  • A railway mechanic
  • The waitresses sister
  • Two policemen
  • An adjudant
  • A worker

Among those wounded were:

  • Mr. Dijon
  • Mr. Soulet
  • Unidentified woman, 18


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