Coun­tert­er­ror probe in Paris at­tempted at­tack

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

French coun­tert­er­ror­ism pros­e­cu­tors are han­dling the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into an at­tempted knife at­tack on a sol­dier pa­trolling a large Paris sub­way in­ter­change. The Paris pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice says coun­tert­er­ror­ism in­ves­ti­ga­tors have opened a probe into Fri­day morn­ing’s in­ci­dent at the Chatelet sta­tion in cen­tral Paris, based on pre­lim­i­nary ex­am­i­na­tion of the at­tacker’s back­ground. It did not elab­o­rate. Paris po­lice say a knife-wield­ing as­sailant tried to at­tack a sol­dier but was quickly ar­rested and no one was hurt. The sol­dier in­volved was with the Sen­tinelle force as­signed to pro­tect prom­i­nent sites af­ter deadly Is­lamic ex­trem­ist at­tacks in re­cent years. De­fense Min­is­ter Florence Parly said on Europe-1 ra­dio that the at­tack con­firms gov­ern­ment strat­egy to make the force “more un­pre­dictable ... for po­ten­tial at­tack­ers.” 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. Po­lice spokes­woman Jo­hana Primev­ert told The As­so­ci­ated Press that the in­ci­dent took place early Fri­day in the Chatelet sta­tion in cen­tral Paris. Traf­fic and ac­cess to the sta­tion, which serves mul­ti­ple sub­way and com­muter train lines, quick re­sumed. The sol­dier in­volved was with the Sen­tinelle force as­signed to pro­tect prom­i­nent sites since deadly Is­lamic ex­trem­ist at­tacks in re­cent years. The force has been tar­geted in the past. The at­tack came the day af­ter the gov­ern­ment an­nounced changes to the force, with a greater fo­cus on tem­po­rary and sea­sonal events. The sol­diers still will pa­trol around ma­jor tourist sites, places of wor­ship, train sta­tions and air­ports.

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