Muslim Man Attacks French Sentinel Soldier With Knife

Erica Roy
September 16, 2017

According to first elements of investigation, assailant quickly overpowered by military, would have held about referring to Allah, said a police source. The individual was not known to the police, the source added.

The suspect apparently shouted references to the Islamic State group while attacking the soldier, Reuters reported, citing French media.

"The man was arrested", Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly told Europe 1 radio following the attack, Reuters reported.

The Sentinelle is a French military operation created to deploy additional police and gendarmerie forces in the country after the January 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris.

The unidentified man is said to have rushed at a patrol of soldiers wearing combat uniforms and brandishing assault rifles.

On Aug. 9 six soldiers in Levallois, outside Paris, were hurt when a driver deliberately rammed into them, authorities said.

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Including the attacks today in Paris and Burgundy, France has already seen 10 terrorist incidents in 2017.

In June, police shot and injured a man who attacked three officers with a hammer near Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris while shouting "this is for Syria".

The soldier involved was with the Sentinelle force assigned to protect prominent sites since deadly Islamic extremist attacks in recent years. No one else was attacked or injured.

France declared a state of emergency following attacks in Paris in November 2015, in which more than 130 people were killed.

The Paris prosecutor's office says counter-terrorism investigators have opened a probe into the incident, based on preliminary examination of the attacker's background.

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