France witnessed knife attack at two women; assailant was shot dead by the Army at Marseille
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 02-Oct-2017
Paris, October 2: The deathly attacks in the European countries have climbed way beyond the graph now. Recently, two women, aged 17 and 20 were stabbed to death by a knifeman. A soldier of the Southern French port city killed the assailant and suspects it to be a ’terrorist activity’, which is true.
One of the victims was stabbed while the other had her throat slit by the man who is believed to have shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest”) at the start of the attack. On Sunday night, Islamic State’s news agency, Amaq, claimed an Isis militant was responsible for the attack.
If the attack is found to be a terrorist incident, it would be the first fatal jihadist knife attack at a public transport site in France. Supposedly, the man didn’t carry any of his personal documents and was reported to be in his 30s.
“We have until now managed to avoid such dramatic incidents (in Marseille). I think it was a terrorist attack and the individual who was killed seems to have had several identities,” said Marseille mayor Jean-Claude Gaudin. The French president, Emmanuel Macron, praised the reaction of the security services. “I hail the Operation Sentinelle soldiers and the police forces who reacted with extreme calmness and efficiency,” Macron wrote on Twitter.
France has endured several major terror attacks since 2015, including a truck attack on the Nice seafront on Bastille day last July, which killed 86 people. Since November 2015, France has been in a state of emergency which gives the government and security forces special powers to raids homes and put people under house arrest.
Other countries, including Britain, Germany and Belgium, have also suffered attacks by militants using knives, guns, explosives and driving vehicles at crowds.