Terror probe launched after knife-wielding man attacks soldier in Paris

Terror probe launched after knife-wielding man attacks soldier in Paris

Terror probe launched after knife-wielding man attacks soldier in Paris

The attacker allegedly lunged at the soldier at the central Chatelet metro station, one of the busiest transport hubs in the French capital, around 6.30am local time, making reference to Allah, a police source said.

"The man is under control". The individual was not known to the police, the source added.

According to initial data, the French soldier was attacked by an unknown person armed with an arme blanche.

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

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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.

The soldier involved was with the Sentinelle force assigned to protect prominent sites since deadly Islamic extremist attacks in recent years.

Police and military forces have been targets of attacks themselves. One officer was hit in the head with the hammer, prompting police to fire at the attacker.

This new attack "justifies what we want to do, that's to say make these (security) measures even more unpredictable, undetectable for potential attackers", she said.

France has been the victim of a string of ISIS-inspired terror attacks in the past two years, most notably the November 2015 atrocities that claimed the lives of 130 people.

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