German Tourist Fatally Stabbed in Paris Attack

A German tourist was stabbed to death and two others were injured in a terrorist attack in central Paris on Saturday. The attacker, known to French authorities as a radical Islamist with mental health issues, was apprehended by police. The incident occurred near the Eiffel Tower during a busy weekend night. The country was on high alert due to tensions surrounding the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne expressed determination not to give in to terrorism, while President Emmanuel Macron extended his condolences to the victim’s family, referring to the incident as a “terrorist attack.” French anti-terror prosecutors have taken over the investigation.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin stated that the attacker, who shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest”) before being arrested, had a history of radical Islamist beliefs and was receiving treatment for mental illness. The assailant fatally stabbed a German tourist born in 1999 and used a hammer to attack others as he attempted to flee across the River Seine.

The area near Bir Hakeim bridge, usually bustling with tourists and locals, was cordoned off by police. The Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed the arrest of the French-born attacker, born in 1997, who now faces charges of murder and attempted murder. Darmanin revealed that the assailant had previously been sentenced to four years in prison in 2016 for planning another attack that was not carried out.

Eyewitness Joseph S., a 37-year-old supermarket manager, described hearing screams and people shouting for help as they ran. He witnessed the attacker targeting a fallen individual before the police arrived within 10 minutes.

France has experienced several attacks by Islamist extremists in the past, including the 2015 Paris attacks claimed by the Islamic State group, which resulted in the deaths of 130 people. While there has been a relative lull in recent years, officials have consistently warned about the ongoing threat. Tensions have escalated in France following the conflict between Israel and Hamas, with large Jewish and Muslim populations residing in the country.

The incident has put a spotlight on security in Paris as the city prepares to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. In October, a teacher named Dominique Bernard was killed in Arras by a radicalized Islamist from Russia’s Caucasus region.

Paris is currently mourning the victims of this tragic attack, and Transport Minister Clement Beaune expressed his condolences. The swift arrest of the suspected attacker was commended by President Macron, who emphasized the importance of justice being served on behalf of the French people.


Author: CrimeDoor

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