Man with knife attacks soldier in Paris


The soldier quickly brought the man under control. Just last month on August 9th, Hamou Bachir attacked six soldiers on the streets of Paris by ramming them with his vehicle before being apprehended and arrested.

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.

Reports state that the man was not previously known to the police, and has been arrested.

The attacker lunged at the soldier at the central Chatelet metro station around 6.30 am local time, making reference to Allah, a police source said.

Recently, authorities said last month that six soldiers in Levallois, outside Paris, were hurt when a driver deliberately rammed into them.

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

Later on Friday, the Paris prosecutor's office said that counterterrorism investigators opened a probe into the incident, based on preliminary examination of the attacker's background and the method and target of the attack.

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

The person reportedly attacked the soldier with a knife. One officer was hit in the head with the hammer, prompting police to fire at the attacker.

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