Counterterror probe in Paris attempted attack

Tomas Mccoy
September 16, 2017

In an incident in Paris on Friday, a knife-wielding assailant was said to have been subdued by French soldiers after he attacked a soldier at a major subway location.

Reports state that the man was not previously known to the police, and has been arrested.

The suspect, said to be shouting Islamic State slogans, attacked a French soldier carrying out anti-terrorism duties in the French captial this morning.

Operation Sentinel has been in operation since 2015 following the January 2015 terror attacks at the Charlie Hebdo office and Jewish Hypercache supermarket.

The attack came shortly before the explosion at Parsons Green station in London and hours after the French government announced changes to its anti-terrorism operation amid concerns that troops on patrol had become easy targets.

"This new attack legitimizes what we want to do", French Defense Minister Florence Parly told Europe 1.

"The man is under control".

On Aug. 9 six soldiers in Levallois, outside Paris, were hurt when a driver deliberately rammed into them, authorities said.

The attacker is said to have approached the soldier from behind before lunging at him with a blade.

Frances's armed forces minister say the soldier was not injured. The attacker died when the auto caught fire and no soldiers were injured. The attacker detained by police. The assailant had also threatened passersby before targeting the three police officers, according to BFM TV.

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