Knifeman ‘shouting religious slogans about the Prophet’ is shot

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A terrorist inquiry was opened right this moment after a knifeman shouting ‘religious slogans’ was shot and wounded after attacking three law enforcement officials in the French seaside resort of Cannes.

The assault occurred shortly after 6am this morning when the man threatened employees outdoors the foremost Police Commissariat in the city ‘in the identify of the Prophet’.

The attacker was described by officers as an Algerian nationwide aged 37, with no police report. Police mentioned he was an immigrant to France who arrived from Algeria by way of Italy and ‘needed to kill a cop’.

A terrorist inquiry was opened right this moment after an Algerian knifeman, 37, shouting ‘religious slogans’ pulled open the door of a police automobile and began stabbing officers

The assault occurred round 6am this morning outdoors the foremost Police Commissariat in the French seaside resort of Cannes

The website of the assault in Cannes was cordoned off by police who mentioned they might open a terrorist investigation into the incident

Laurent Martin de Fremont, a neighborhood police union official, mentioned: ‘The attacker got police to open their car window by saying he wanted information.

‘He then launched a ferocious attack, aiming for an officer’s chest. He was saved because of his bullet proof vest.

‘The officer’s garments and vest had been in a catastrophic state afterwards. This reveals how decided the attacker was.

‘The bulletproof vest was torn apart down to the metal plate. In other words, we’re coping with somebody who needed to kill a cop.’

The attacker was from the Algerian port of Skikda, and entered France by Italy.

‘He obtained a residence permit in Italy and he came to France to commit his crime,’ mentioned David Lisnard, the Mayor Cannes. 

The knifeman was shot and wounded by police and was taken to hospital for therapy pending an investigation (pictured, police at the scene in Cannes)

A file {photograph} of the foremost Police Commissariat in the French seaside resort of Cannes

An investigating supply added the assailant ‘pulled open a automobile door and began stabbing. The driver of the automobile tried to drag away, whereas one other on the again seat of the automobile opened fireplace, and the man was severely wounded.

‘He had been shouting religious slogans referring to the Prophet all through the assault. The knifeman is now in a essential situation in a hospital in Cannes.’ 

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin tweeted: ‘A policeman from the Cannes was stabbed and wounded.

‘The assailant was neutralised by his colleagues. I’m going there instantly this morning and I give all my assist to the National Police and to the city of Cannes.’ 

He later confirmed the stabbed officer was not injured as a result of he was carrying a bulletproof vest.   

 Lisnard mentioned: ‘One of the officers responded along with his gun. 

‘There are not any deaths and the circumstances of the assault are being clarified.’ 

Both officers confirmed that specialist anti-terrorism magistrates had been now main the enquiry. 

The assault in Cannes comes as worries over violent crime and terrorism function amongst voters’ foremost issues, in the run-up to the 2022 French Presidential election. 

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin tweeted {that a} policeman was stabbed and wounded

David Lisnard, the mayor of Cannes, mentioned considered one of the officers ‘responded along with his gun’

The capturing follows a sequence of bomb, gun and knife assaults carried out by Islamic State and Al Qaeda operatives in France, courting again to early 2015.

The deadliest single terrorist assault ever in the nation got here in November 2015 when 130 individuals had been killed in Paris.

Suicide bombers pledging allegiance to ISIS focused the Stade de France, cafes, eating places and the Bataclan music venue, the place 90 died.

Earlier in the year, two Paris-born gunmen linked to Al Qaeda broke into the places of work of the Charlie Hebdo satirical journal, leaving 17 individuals useless inside and three outdoors.

In July 2016, 86 individuals had been killed and greater than 400 injured when a 19 tonne truck was intentionally pushed into crowds on the seafront promenade at Nice, which is simply 20 miles from Cannes.

2015: Soldiers evacuate victims after the terror assault in Paris in November which noticed suicide bombers goal the Stade de France, cafes, eating places and the Bataclan

The terrorist turned out to be a Tunisian immigrant who was shot useless by police.

During the identical month, two Isis terrorists murdered an 86-year-old Catholic priest throughout a church service in Normandy.

And in October final year, three individuals had been stabbed to dying by a Tunisian immigrant in the Notre Dame basilica in Nice.

There have additionally been frequent knife assaults on the forces of regulation and order, resulting in the deaths of serving police.

2016: 86 individuals had been killed and greater than 400 injured when a 19 tonne truck was intentionally pushed into crowds on the seafront promenade at Nice