Suspicion of terrorism after knife attack in France – man stabs police officers

In the south of France, a man apparently carried out a knife attack on police officers. A terrorist attack is assumed, it said.

Cannes – A man attacked a police patrol with a knife in Cannes in the south of France. The officials defended themselves in the incident on Monday with gunfire and “critically injured” the 37-year-old attacker, said France’s Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin. According to investigators, the attacker said he was acting “in the name of the prophet”. Whether it was a “terrorist” attack is still being investigated.

France: Suspected terrorism after knife attack on police officers in Cannes

According to Darmanin, the attacker is an Algerian. The man has a residence permit for Italy and entered France legally. The police had not yet known him to be radicalized.

The attacker approached a police vehicle in front of the station at around 6.30 a.m. on Monday and gave the impression that he wanted information, said Darmanin, who traveled to Cannes after the attack. As soon as the car door was opened, he stabbed one of the police officers with a knife. “The bulletproof vest protected him,” said Darmanin, looking at the officer. The policeman is in shock, but was not injured.

Cannes experiences an attack on police officers: the officer defends himself with a shot – the attacker is critically injured

The 37-year-old reportedly attacked a policewoman who was also in the car. A third officer shot the attacker and seriously injured him. The man was admitted to a hospital in Cannes.

The conservative presidential candidate Eric Ciotti described the attack in the online service Twitter as a “terrorist attack”. In response to the attack, right-wing populist candidate Marine Le Pen declared that she wanted to fight “the barbaric ideology of Islamism”.

The most recent Islamist attack on French security forces was carried out in April. At that time, a 36-year-old Tunisian stabbed a policewoman in Rambouillet. Since President Emmanuel Macron * began in office in 2017, France has recorded a total of 17 Islamist-motivated attacks. (AFP / fn) * is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

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