Knife-wielding man 'attacks French soldier in Paris'

Posted September 16, 2017

A knife-wielding man attacked a soldier on patrol in central Paris on Friday but did not cause any injuries, police said.

According to local reports, a man tried to stab a soldier from the anti-terrorism Sentinelle Operation who was patrolling a metro station in Paris at around 6.30 local time (04:30 GMT).

French Defense Minister Florence Parly said the number of troops involved in the Sentinelle operation would remain at 7,000 under the plan. The man was swiftly brought under control by the soldier.

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The soldier is reported to have tackled his attacker to the ground before he was arrested by armed police, the Independent reports.

On Aug. 9 six soldiers in Levallois, outside Paris, were hurt when a driver deliberately rammed into them, authorities said. The attacker died when the auto caught fire and no soldiers were injured.

Including the attacks today in Paris and Burgundy, France has already seen 10 terrorist incidents in 2017. The attacker is believed to not be known to police. The assailant had also threatened passersby before targeting the three police officers, according to BFM TV.

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The Paris prosecutor's office says counter-terrorism investigators have opened a probe into the incident, based on preliminary examination of the attacker's background.

France has been the victim of a string of ISIS-inspired terror attacks in the past two years, most notably the November 2015 atrocities that claimed the lives of 130 people.

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