According to information from French daily Le Parisien, the assailant was reported around midday by residents of the boulevard de Guyenne. Dressed in a djellaba and armed with a knife, he appeared to threaten passers-by with cries of “Allah Akbar”. When a police unit arrived, he allegedly attacked the officers, refusing to comply.
Four shots were then fired at the legs of the individual, who was then hospitalized. “His vitals were not harmed,” said another police source. As confirmed by the Metz public prosecutor, the 28-year-old man was already listed on file S for dangerous Islamists and considered to be “radicalized”.
Friday in Villejuif, a 22-year-old man, converted to Islam and allegedly “suffering from psychiatric disorders”, killed an innocent man and wounded two women by stabbing them, also shouting “Allah Akbar”.
The latter was killed by the police, and the national anti-terrorist prosecution has taken up the investigation.
In view of the profile of the assailant in Metz, the national anti-terrorist prosecutor’s office could also take over the case.