1 dead, 1 wounded in Paris stabbing


France's interior minister said police had "courageously arrested" an assailant who was attacking passers-by in central Paris.

France's interior minister said police had "courageously arrested" an assailant who was attacking passers-by in central Paris. Gerald Darmanin advised people to avoid the area around Quai de Grenelle.


1 dead, 1 wounded in Paris stabbing

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on social media late on Saturday that one person had been killed and another injured in central Paris.


"The police have just courageously arrested an assailant attacking passers-by in Paris, around the Quai de Grenelle," Darmanin wrote. "One decased person and one injured person treated by the Paris Fire Brigade. Please avoid the area."


The Quai de Grenelle, on the banks of the River Seine, is not far from the Eiffel Tower in the center of the French capital.


"After his arrest, he said that he could no longer bear Muslims dying in Afghanistan as well as in the Palestinian Territories," Darmanin said.


The minister said the man had a prior conviction from 2016, when French authorities foiled attack plans.


Darmanin said the country's terrorism prosecution authority was already evaluating the case but had not yet launched a formal terrorism case.


French news agency AFP cited unnamed police sources as saying the attacker had stabbed the victims.


The police reportedly also said that the assailant was French-born and a French citizen, and also a known supporter of radical Islam with mental health issues. Unconfirmed reports suggested the attacker had shouted the Arabic for "God is great" during the attack.


Several European countries including France and Germany have issued warnings of a heightened threat of Islamist attacks in recent weeks amid the Israel-Gaza conflict.


msh/sms (AFP, Reuters)



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