The aggressor was already sentenced to four years in prison in 2016 for planning a violent act
One person has died and another has been injured in an attack carried out this Saturday in the 16th District of Paris, as reported by the French Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, and the National Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor's Office has announced that it is investigating the events.
"The Police have just bravely arrested an attacker who was attacking passers-by in Paris, around the Grenelle Quay. One deceased and one injured treated by the Paris firefighters. Please avoid the area," Darmanin published in X.
The area is located near the Eiffel Tower, one of the most touristic spots in the French capital. The aggressor has already been arrested by the Police, reports BFMTV television.
According to network sources, the man - who had a criminal record - attacked a passer-by with a knife on the Bir Hakeim Bridge. The victim went into cardiorespiratory arrest and died. He is a man of German nationality born in the Philippines.
The suspect attacked at least two other tourists with a hammer and allegedly shouted "Allah Akbar" (Allah is the greatest) before being detained on Parc de Passy avenue. A woman has been injured.
The aggressor would be a 26-year-old French citizen from Neuilly-sur-Seine, according to police sources cited by BFMTV. During the arrest the suspect told police that he "could no longer bear that Muslims died in both Afghanistan and Palestine." According to Darmanin, who spoke after visiting the place, the DGSI knew him because of his radical Islamism and he presents "significant psychiatric disorders."
The attacker was sentenced to four years in prison in 2016 because he had already wanted to carry out a violent act, but the DGSI had prevented him from doing so, Darmanin has also indicated, and according to the information BFMTV has, it was a planned attack in La Défense, a business district in Paris.