A man stabs a tourist to death in central Paris and injures another with a hammer

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2023-12-03 02:27:00

Updated: Dec 3, 2023 | 01:27
02 dic 2023 | 23:49

At least one person has died and another has been injured this Saturday after an individual attacked passers-by armed with a knife and a hammer. The events took place in the Grenelle area, near the Eiffel Tower, reported the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin. The National Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor’s Office has announced the opening of an investigation into the attack.

In a message on the networks, the Prime Minister, Élisabeth Borne, assumed that this is a new terrorist attack in France, a month and a half after the last one in Arras (north), where a jihadist with a Russian passport stabbed a high school teacher “I salute the bravery and professionalism of our law enforcement and our relief services. We will not give in to terrorism. Never,” said Borne.

Darmanin has reported that the attacker was already booked for a four-year prison sentence, shouted “Allah is great” and had “serious psychiatric problems.”

The minister gave details about the identity of the assailant: a man born in 1997 in France, living on the outskirts of Paris and already sentenced in 2016 to four years in prison for an attack thwarted by the French authorities. “For that reason he was already registered by our secret services,” said Darmanin, who explained that the young man was under medication for the “serious psychiatric problems that he suffers from.”

According to the French press, the deceased is a tourist with German and Filipino nationality who was found stabbed in the back and shoulder on the emblematic bridge over the Seine in Bir-Hakeim.

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The injured man, an English tourist, was hit in the head with a hammer while he was walking with his wife and son on President Kennedy Avenue.

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