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Paris knife attacker identified

The author of the deadly knife attack on Saturday night in Paris, in the Opera district, has been identified by French anti-terror investigators. His parents are in custody.

Published: May 13, 2018, 8:19 am

    Paris

    The attacker was born in Chechnya in 1997. The assailant was killed by the police when he refused to let himself be arrested. He had threatened the police. The prosecutor’s office revealed that the attacker was screaming “Allahu Akbar”.

    He did not carry any identity papers, Le Parisien reported. His digital fingerprints revealed his identity to authorities. A little after the attack, ISIS claimed it.

    The assailant killed a 29-year-old man and also injured four others. Two of them are in a serious condition, but, according to the Minister of the Interior, they are now out of danger.

    The injured were transported to the Georges Pompidou Hospital. According to sources cited by Le Parisien, the injured included a man and a woman who had their throats slit. Six other people were picked up by the emergency services.

    The anti-terrorism unit was called on Saturday night. On Saturday evening, prosecutor François Molins announced the opening of an investigation for assassination, and attempted murder in connection with terrorism.

    There was panic near the Opera Garnier, in the second district of the capital, and people fled or barricaded themselves in restaurants before the jihadist was shot by police.

    Soon after the incident, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack through its agency Amaq, calling the attacker a “soldier of the Islamic State”.

    Soon after the attack, Front National Leader Marine Le Pen tweeted: “The French people will no longer be satisfied with comments. They are expecting action to be taken!”

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