Knife-wielding man shouting 'Allah' attacks French soldier at Paris subway station

BREAKING: Knifeman 'shouting Allah' attacks soldier at Paris train station near Notre Dame

A knife-wielding assailant who attacked a soldier at a major subway location in Paris early Friday was quickly arrested, police said. The individual was not known to the police, the source added.

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.

Operation Sentinel has been in operation since 2015 following the January 2015 terror attacks at the Charlie Hebdo office and Jewish Hypercache supermarket.

On August 9 six soldiers on patrol in the ongoing anti-terror operation dubbed Operation Sentinelle in the Paris suburb of Levallois were injured, two seriously, when a auto deliberately rammed into them.




French Defence Minister Florence Parly said the number of troops involved in its Sentinelle operation would remain at 7,000 under the plan. "The man has been seized, which is further proof of the professionalism and efficiency of the Sentinel soldiers in this protection mission", she said. The attacker was overpowered by the soldier and arrested.

Further noting that the soldier who was targeted by the assailant, was a member of Operation Sentinel, a task force that has been assigned to protect prominent sites in the region.

The soldier was unhurt in the incident. One officer was hit in the head with the hammer, prompting police to fire at the attacker.

Wintesses said that the attacker made references to Islam and Allah during the incident.

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