French police on Saturday shot dead a knife-wielding man who reportedly attacked three officers in a police station while shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great,” in Arabic).
The man allegedly wounded one officer’s face at the entrance to the police station in Joue-les-Tours, a suburb of the central city of Tours, and injured two others before he was killed.
Antiterror investigators of the Paris prosecutor’s office have opened an inquiry into the incident for attempted murder and other offenses related to terrorism.
The perpetrator was said to be a French national born in Burundi in 1994 who was known to police for common crimes, a source close to the investigation told reporters.
The attacker “shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ from the moment he entered until his last breath,” the source said. “It looked like the sort of act called for by Islamic State... The investigation is leading toward an attack... motivated by radical Islamist motives.”
The Islamic State group, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which has seized control of sections of Iraq and Syria using brutal violence, has exhorted its followers to mount attacks in the West.
The French Ministry of the Interior said the assailant was about 20 years of age and was “killed [by] police officers present using their issued firearms.”
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls pledged his support for the “seriously injured” officers who were “in a state of shock.”
French Minister of the Interior Bernard Cazeneuve, who visited the scene, said the police had been subjected to a “brutal attack.”
He paid tribute to the “cool-headedness and professionalism shown by the police officers.”
He said two of the officers were badly hurt, while the third was lightly injured.
All three were out of danger, Tours’ public prosecutor Jean-Luc Beck told reporters.
“According to the early indications of the probe, all elements point to legitimate self-defense,” he said.
The attacker was not on any watchlists maintained by France’s main domestic intelligence service, the General Directorate for Internal Security, the source said.
However, the source said the assailant’s brother was known to security agencies for what officials termed “his radical convictions” and had at one point planned to travel to Syria.
Cazeneuve said he had ordered “security measures to be stepped up” for police personnel and firefighters across the nation.
‘CONFESSED’: A court in Beijing said that former CCP member Ren Zhiqiang abused his power at a state firm and embezzled almost US$7.14 million of public funds A Chinese tycoon who called Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) a clown and criticized his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic was yesterday jailed for 18 years for corruption, bribery and embezzlement of public funds. Ren Zhiqiang (任志強) — once among the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) inner circle — disappeared from the public eye in March, shortly after penning an essay that lambasted Xi’s pandemic response. His outspokenness had earned the former chairman of state-owned property developer Huayuan Group the nickname “Big Cannon.” Yesterday’s verdict said that Ren embezzled almost 50 million yuan (US$7.4 million) of public funds and accepted bribes worth 1.25 million
OFF BORDER ISLAND: The fisheries official disappeared from a patrol vessel wearing a life jacket and leaving behind his shoes, indicating an intentional move, Seoul said North Korean soldiers shot dead a suspected South Korean defector at sea and burned his body as a COVID-19 precaution after he was interrogated in the water over several hours, Seoul military officials said yesterday. It is the first killing of a South Korean citizen by North Korean forces for a decade, and comes with Pyongyang at high alert over the COVID-19 pandemic and inter-Korean relations at a standstill. The fisheries official disappeared from a patrol vessel near the western border island of Yeonpyeong on Monday, the official said. More than 24 hours later, North Korean forces located him in their waters and
The scarcity of commercial flights landing at Sydney Airport has been a disaster for airlines and workers, but for hobby pilots the COVID-19 pandemic has provided the opportunity of a lifetime. The quieter-than-usual runways mean that private pilots have been given the chance to land at the international airport for the first time. When Sydney Flight College club captain Tim Lindley put out a call, he received an overwhelming response. He eventually organized for 14 light aircraft to fly into Sydney airport on Sunday. “For a lot of the pilots involved, including myself, it was a childhood dream to land in a big
ACADEMIC FREEDOM: One professor told her students to submit anonymized papers and not to record any online classes. Some US schools have announced similar steps Students at Oxford University specializing in the study of China are being asked to submit some papers anonymously to protect them from the possibility of retribution under the sweeping new security law introduced three months ago in Hong Kong. The anonymity ruling is to be applied in classes, and group tutorials are to be replaced by one-to-ones. Students are also to be warned that it will be viewed as a disciplinary offence if they tape classes or share them with outside groups. The Hong Kong National Security Law was imposed on June 30 by Beijing after more than a year of pro-democracy