A culture-enriching knife-wielding “refugee” went on a rampage today in southern France, killing two people and wounding five others while shouting “Allahu Akhbar”. Here’s the story from Radio France Internationale:
Two Dead in France Stabbing Attack
A man went on the rampage with a knife in a town in southeastern France on Saturday, killing two people and wounding five in what President Emmanuel Macron called “an odious act”.
The reasons behind the attack remain unclear although Interior Minister Christophe Castaner spoke of the suspect’s “terrorist journey”.
The assailant, understood to be a refugee from Sudan, was arrested after the attack in the town of Romans-sur-Isere.
Armed with a knife, the suspect went into a tobacco shop where he attacked the owner, town mayor Marie-Helene Thoraval told AFP.
“His wife got involved and she was wounded as well,” she said.
The assailant then went into a butcher’s shop where he took another knife before heading to the town centre where he entered another store.
“He took a knife, jumped over the counter, and stabbed a customer, then ran away”, the shop owner Ludovic Breyton told AFP.
“My wife tried to help the victim but in vain.”
According to witnesses cited by the local radio station France Bleu Drome Ardeche, the attacker shouted “Allah Akbar!” as he attacked his victims.
David Olivier Reverdy, assistant national secretary of the National Police Alliance union, said the assailant had called on police to kill him when they came to arrest him.
Hat tip: Dean.