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Knifeman shouting 'Allahu akbar' shot by police in France

By Reuters Time of article published Jan 5, 2020

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Paris - French police on Sunday shot and

wounded a man who had rushed towards a group of policemen with a

knife shouting "Allahu akbar" (God is greatest) in the eastern

city of Metz, local officials said.

The incident at Metz came just two days after a man went on

a knife rampage in the suburb of Villejuif just outside Paris on

Jan. 3, killing one person and wounding two. The Villejuif

attacker was subsequently shot dead by police.

The Metz local public prosecutor's office said it was in

contact with the French anti-terrorism prosecutor's department

over the incident, while French Interior Minister Christophe

Castaner added he was monitoring the situation closely.

"I praise the quick thinking of the @PoliceNat57 (Moselle

police force), which intervened to apprehend the individual. A

probe is underway to determine the precise motivation and

circumstances behind the act," Castaner wrote on Twitter.

The Metz local prosecutor's office said the suspect suffered

gunshot wounds to the thigh. He was then taken away.

It added that the suspect, whom it did not name, was on an

official list of those monitored for links to militant groups.

Paris has suffered major attacks by Islamist militants in

recent years.

Co-ordinated bombings and shootings in November 2015 at the

Bataclan theatre and other sites around Paris killed 130 people

- the deadliest attacks in France since World War Two. 

Reuters

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