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France: One killed 4 wounded in Paris ’Islamic State’ knife attack

Sunday 13 May 2018, by siawi3


One killed in Paris ’Islamic State’ knife attack

13 May 18 - 3 hours ago

Media caption: French police at the scene of the attack in Paris

A knifeman has killed one person and wounded four in a suspected terror attack in central Paris, French officials say.

The attacker was then shot dead by police in the Opéra district. Witnesses say they heard him shout “Allah Akbar”.

So-called Islamic State (IS) later said one of its soldiers carried out the attack on Saturday evening.

It took place in an area renowned for its nightlife. People ran for cover into cafes and restaurants.

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted (in French): “France has once again paid in blood, but will not give an inch to the enemies of freedom.”

How did the events unfold?

The attacker began stabbing passers-by at about 21:30 local time (19:30 GMT) on the rue Monsigny.

He also tried to enter several bars and restaurants, but was blocked by people hiding inside.

Police first tried to stop the assailant with a stun-gun before shooting him dead. He has not yet been identified.

Two of the wounded in the attack are in a serious condition.

IS claimed the attack in a brief statement posted on its news outlet.
How did French authorities react?

The anti-terrorism unit of the Paris prosecutor’s office has launched an investigation.

French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb praised police for their “cool response”. He said his first thoughts were “with the victims of this heinous act”.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted (in French): “Tonight, our city was bruised.”

“I want to tell them that all Parisians are on their side,” she added.

How has France been countering security threats?

France has been on high alert following a series of attacks. More than 230 people have been killed by IS-inspired jihadists in the past three years.

The deadliest violence occurred on 13 November 2015, when gunmen and suicide bombers struck various venues in Paris almost simultaneously - killing a total 130 people.

Paris attacks: What happened on the night

After winning last year’s elections, President Macron pledged that fighting Islamist terrorism would be his top foreign policy priority.

Defeating IS in Iraq and Syria must go hand-in-hand with anti-terror measures in Africa, he said.



ISIS claims responsibility for fatal stabbing in Paris

By Megan Cerullo


May 12, 2018 | 9:32 PM

ISIS claims responsibility for fatal stabbing in Paris

Photo: A dead body lays under a blanket after a knife attack in Paris on Saturday. (Thibault Camus/AP)

A knife-wielding madman killed one and wounded four more Saturday near the historic Palais Garnier opera house in Paris before he was fatally gunned down by police.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on social media, saying the suspect, an Islamic state soldier, “carried out the operation in response to calls targeting the coalition countries.”

The assailant emerged from a nearby subway station just before 9 p.m., ditched his jacket and began slashing people at random, according to local reports.

He lodged the knife in the slain 29-year-old man’s throat, Le Parisien reported.

Four more were wounded in the bustling 2nd Arrondissement, according to Parisian police. Two were rushed to local hospitals minor injuries while two more are in critical condition after being stabbed in the throat.

The attack was carried out near the Palais Garnier opera house according to Parisian police. (GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images)

The assailant, who has not been identified, allegedly knocked on storefronts looking for more victims. When he was confronted by police within nine minutes of the attack, he reportedly told officers: “Kill me or I’ll kill you.”

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said the suspect cried “Allah Akbar” as he carried out the attack, BFM-TV reported.

An eyewitness reported that police tried to stun the suspect before firing two shots at him, according to France 24 reporter Charles Pellegrin.

“I just saw the man knifing random people,” wrote Twitter user Esohe Denise Odaro.

Photo: Firefighters vehicles block Saint Augustin street in Paris centre after one person was killed and several injured in a knife attack. (THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Diners at restaurants along Rue Saint-Augustin panicked and took cover.

A woman said “we were relaxed, drinking among girlfriends and then all of a sudden we heard gunshots. Then, panic erupted on the street. We didn’t understand and our waiters said, ’quick, quick, run, go find shelter.’ So we hid. I was curious so I wanted to leave the restaurant. As I walked out I saw a guy lying on the ground. It looked like he was dead. Then police arrived. There were a lot of them,” the witness told BFM-TV.

French President Emmanuel Macron reacted to the attack on Twitter.

“France once again paid the price of blood but does not give an inch to the enemies of freedom,” Macron said.

Interior minister Gerard Collomb also tweeted about the attack.

“Attack in Paris: i salute the cold blood and responsiveness of the police forces who neutralized the assailant. My first thoughts are with the victims of this abhorrent act.”

“Under painful circumstances, I want to pay respects to emergency crews, in particular @Pompiers Paris and SAMU Paris. And obviously officers at the @prefpolice whose courage and professionalism deserve our respect,” he added.

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo said: “Tonight, our city was murdered. My first thoughts go to the family of the victim who lost their life. I think as much of the injured and their loves ones. I want to tell them that all Parisians are by their sides.”