Man Detained After Attacking Solider With Knife In Paris

Man Detained After Attacking Solider With Knife In Paris

Man Detained After Attacking Solider With Knife In Paris

The individual was not known to police, " added anor police source.

Police spokeswoman Johana Primevert told The Associated Press that the incident took place early Friday in the Chatelet station in central Paris.

The attacker approached the soldier from behind and threatened him with a knife while shouting slogans about the Islamic State terror group, reported French broadcaster BFMTV. The man was quickly neutralized by the soldier.

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.

It is the latest in a long string of attacks on service personnel involved in Operation Sentinelle - an initiative involving 10,000 soldiers and 4700 gendarmes and police. The man was arrested without being able to hurt the Operation Sentinel soldier according to French media, citing the Police Department.

The soldier was unhurt in the incident.

They were first deployed in November 2015 following a single night of violence by Islamic State suicide bombers that saw 130 people murdered in the French capital. Also in August, seven soldiers were left seriously injured when a BMW drove into them deliberately.

" The man has been mastered, this is proof of professionalism and efficiency of soldiers of "Sentinel" in this mission of protection, has responded to minister for armed forces, Florence Parly, on Europe 1".

In April, a police officer was killed in a shooting on the Champs-Elysées.

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