Terror probe opened after woman killed in knife attack at Paris region police station

Terror probe opened after woman killed in knife attack at Paris region police station
Police at the scene in Rambouillet, Yvelines. Photo: Bertrand Guay/AFP
A woman was fatally stabbed on Friday in a knife attack at a police station in the greater Paris region, which is being investigated as a possible terror attack.

President Emmanuel Macron said France would never give in to “Islamist terrorism” after the attack in Rambouillet, a tranquil commuter town about 60 kilometres from Paris, which revived the trauma of a spate of deadly attacks last year.

France’s national anti-terrorism prosecutors said they had opened a terror investigation, also involving the DGSI domestic intelligence service, into the murder of a person holding public authority.

A source close to the inquiry told AFP the attacker shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) during the attack.

Chief anti-terror prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard, who spoke outside the station along with Prime Minister Jean Castex, confirmed that “comments made by the assailant” indicated a terror motive, without further details.

The attack happened at around 2.30pm in the entrance to the police station in the town of Rambouillet in the Yvelines département.

A man armed with a knife attacked the woman, described as an administrative employee of the police, who later died from her injuries.

The victim, a mother of two, had reportedly gone out into the street to change the parking disc on her car when she was confronted by the attacker.

The attacker, a 36-year-old Tunisian national, also died at the scene after being shot twice by police. He was not known to intelligence services.

Visiting the scene, prime minister Jean Castex, said: “The anti-terrorist prosecutor’s office has taken up this case.

“The Rambouillet police station has been hit very hard by these events, and I would like to pay tribute to the police officers who immediately neutralised the perpetrator.

“I want to reiterate to the French people our determination to fight against terrorism in all its forms. “

Castex said that the French republic had lost one of its “everyday heroines”, describing the attack as a “barbaric action of infinite cowardice”.

Local MP Philippe Benassaya described the town as a “peaceful place” and told BFM TV that the community was devastated.

“The employees at this small police station, known for its tranquillity, are devastated,” said a local police source.


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  1. I am replying to Tim because I am someone who understands what is at risk with regards to blaming a crime on any religion, especially if that religion is Muslim. I did read this article and feel as if the reporter 'editorialized" on the facts. He or she reported them. The response from the French officials and their comments are clearly focused on "terrorism" and their comments are, IMHO, biased but understandable. If the perpetrator did indeed shout " Allahu Akbar" during the attack, their conclusion would have some basis of merit, but, it is only a report, not a conclusion, by the author of the article. France is in the throws of a problem they have partially architected. The disconnection between the Muslim community and the Secular French ideal is a major challenge. This report however does not draw any conclusions but merely reports on the attack and the victims. Hopefully, a focus on the facts will uncover the perpetrators motives. But as he is dead, they will only ever be conjecture. The Muslim religion is not the perpetrator. The human being who made a choice to break the rule of humanity is. More people need to be working on how to resolve the disconnect between the secular and religious population. I'll keep praying for that. Rich  - 

    I am replying to Tim because I am someone who understands what is at risk with regards to blaming a crime on any religion, especially if that religion is Muslim. I did read this article and do not feel that the reporter ‘editorialized” on the facts. He or she reported them as they understood them. However; the response from the French officials who are quoted and their comments, are clearly focused on “terrorism”. Their comments are, IMHO, biased, but also understandable. If the perpetrator did indeed shout ” Allahu Akbar” during the attack, their conclusion would have some basis of merit, but, it is only a report, not a conclusion, by the author of the article. France is in the throws of a problem they have partially architected. The disconnection between the Muslim community and the secular French ideal is a major challenge. This report however does not draw any conclusions, but merely reports on the attack and the victims. Hopefully, a focus on the facts will uncover the perpetrators motives. But as he is dead, they will only ever be conjecture. The Muslim religion is not the perpetrator. The human being who made a choice to break the rule of humanity is. More people need to be working on how to resolve the disconnect between the secular and religious population of France. I’ll keep praying for that. Rich

  2. Seriously? the Local France has become a Zionist collaborator. Just because someone is of Arabic descent or speaks Arabic DOES NOT AUTOMATCIALLY make them a terrorist, nor their actions “terrorism.” ANYONE can be a terrorist. A French National, a Isreali -French person, a priest, a white person… ANYONE. Today’s edition features TWO articles essentially perpetuating systematic racism and religion bias. Similarly… just because some is Jewish does not mean that a crime or comment about them DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY mean it’s anti-Semitism. Saying so is hypocritical, unethical, bad journalism, and just plain wrong. Simply UNACCEPTABLE.

    We’ve suspected that the Local France was a bit too Zionist propaganda and today proves it. VERY disappointed.

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