Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Man Detained After Attacking Solider With Knife In Paris

Man Detained After Attacking Solider With Knife In Paris

"We do not know anything more about the intentions of the assailant who has been arrested", Parly told the media. The attacker is believed to not be known to police.

In an incident in Paris on Friday, a knife-wielding assailant was said to have been subdued by French soldiers after he attacked a soldier at a major subway location.

This new attack "justifies what we want to do, that's to say make these (security) measures even more unpredictable, undetectable for potential attackers", she said.

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The attack took place at around 6 a.m. local time at Châtelet, one of the city's main subway stations, said a spokeswoman for the police.

The soldier was a member of Operation Sentinel, a task force assigned to protect prominent sites in the region following a recent surge in Islamic extremist attacks. This is the seventh attack against the patrolling soldiers, Europe 1 radio reported.

In August, a man rammed his vehicle into a group of soldiers near Paris, injuring six of them.

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Including the attacks today in Paris and Burgundy, France has already seen 10 terrorist incidents in 2017.

The man reportedly shouted references to the Islamic State group while attacking the soldier and was quickly arrested.

Officers and ambulance staff were present on the spot following reports of the blast. Police later said on Twitter that the attacker had been "neutralized" and taken to hospital.

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Operation Sentinel was launched after the Paris attacks, which claimed 130 lives in the French capital in November 2015.

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