Attacker Stabs German Tourist To Death In Paris
Paris, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 3rd Dec, 2023) A person known to the French authorities as a radical Islamist with mental health troubles stabbed a German tourist to death and wounded two people in central Paris on Saturday before being arrested, officials said.
The attack took place close to the Eiffel Tower during a busy late weekend night and came with the country on its highest alert for attacks as tensions rise against the background of the war between Israel and Hamas.
French anti-terror prosecutors said that they would now take on the investigation.
The attacker was known to authorities as a radical Islamist and was being treated for mental illness, a police source told AFP.
He shouted "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest") before being arrested, the source added.
- 'Violently threatened them' -
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin who visited the the scene by the River Seine's Bir Hakeim bridge said the man had already been sentenced in 2016 to "four years in prison" for planning another attack which he failed to carry out.
A taxi driver who witnessed the scene intervened, Darmanin said.
The attacker then crossed the Seine attacking others and injuring one with a hammer, while police chased in pursuit.
"He had threatened them very violently... he will now have to answer for his actions before justice," Darmanin said.
- Tensions rising -
Joseph S., 37 years old, a supermarket manager who asked not to give his last name, witnessed the scene, as he sat in a bar.
There had been a relative lull in recent years, even as officials have warned that the threat remains.
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