Man nabbed after launching knife attack on soldier in Paris

Chatelet metro station in Paris

A man has been arrested in Paris after he attacked a soldier on patrol in French city of Paris on Friday, media reports said.

The incident occurred at the central Chatelet metro station around 6.30 am (10 am IST), and the attacker was reportedly shouting "Allah", a police source told AFP.

Paris police say a knife-wielding assailant tried to attack a soldier in a major subway interchange but was quickly arrested and no one was hurt. Anti-terrorist prosecutors have been put in charge of the inquiry.

Yesterday (14 September) the French government said it would make changes to the military force created to protect sensitive sites after the deadly extremist attacks on France in 2015.


"It is the proof of the professionalism and efficiency of the soldiers of Sentinel in this protection mission".

However, patrols around major tourist sites, places of worship, train stations and airports will still continue as before. The individual was not known to police, " added anor police source.

On August 9 six soldiers on patrol in the ongoing anti-terror operation dubbed Operation Sentinelle in the Paris suburb of Levallois were injured, two seriously, when a vehicle deliberately rammed into them. Also in August, seven soldiers were left seriously injured when a BMW drove into them deliberately.

The target was a soldier who was part of an anti-terror operation in which thousands of troops and police have been deployed since January 2015. One officer was hit in the head with the hammer, prompting police to fire at the attacker.

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