'Shouting Allah': Soldier Attacked by Knife-Wielding Assailant in Paris

  • 'Shouting Allah': Soldier Attacked by Knife-Wielding Assailant in Paris

'Shouting Allah': Soldier Attacked by Knife-Wielding Assailant in Paris

The man was disarmed and immobilised by the soldier, who was not injured.

In Paris, a knife-wielding man attacked police while shouting "Allah Akbar", while in Burgundy a hammer-wielding man attacked two women in a park while shouting ISIS slogans.

According to French media, the man made references to the Islamic State (IS) terror group during the attack, which took place at around 6.30 a.m., at the Chatelet metro station, reports Efe news.

The soldier was a part of the country's Sentinelle group, a military operation set up to protect Paris in the aftermath of terror attacks that have left hundreds dead in recent years.

Prosecutors said they were treating the incident as a possible terror attack, but also did not rule out the possibility the attacker was deranged.

The French army's anti-terrorism Operation Sentinel was established following the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris.

The soldier was unhurt in the incident.

French Defence Minister Florence Parly said the number of troops involved in its Sentinelle operation would remain at 7,000 under the plan.

Police said that a knife-wielding assailant tried to attack a soldier but was quickly arrested and no one was hurt. One officer was hit in the head with the hammer, prompting police to fire at the attacker. Police later said on Twitter that the attacker had been "neutralized" and taken to hospital.

They were first deployed in November 2015 following a single night of violence by Islamic State suicide bombers that saw 130 people murdered in the French capital.