A Tunisian citizen was stabbed to death by a police officer on Friday shouting “God is Great”, before he was killedAt the Rambouillet police station, southwest of Paris, where an investigation into terrorism cases was opened.
The attack on Rambouillet, a wealthy and usually peaceful city 60 kilometers from Paris, He reignited alerts in a country regularly attacked by Islamists. President Emmanuel Macron He said France would not surrender to him.Islamic terrorism“.
“We will not give in to fight Islamic terrorismMacron said in a message on Twitter.
She was a police officer. Stephanie was killed at Rambouillet police station, on Evelyn’s already damaged grounds. The nation next to his family, colleagues and the police. We will not give up in our war against Islamic terrorism.
– Emmanuel Macron (EmmanuelMacron) April 23, 2021
The attack took place around 2:20 pm (12:20 GMT) at the entrance to the police station in this city of 26,000 people, they reported to the news agency. France Press agency Police sources.
According to the first elements of the investigation, The 49-year-old administrative officer was stabbed twice in the throat When he returned from a lunch break.
The victim, a mother of two, initially suffered cardiac arrest and died shortly thereafter.Although rescuers intervened.
He attacked the attacker, who was Tunisian, shouting “God is great,” according to a source close to the investigation. The man was killed shortly after by another agent, A police source noted.
first Minister , Jan CastexThe one who went to the scene of the attack denounced “a barbaric act of unlimited cruelty” against the “heroine of everyday life”.
“I want to tell the police that I share their enthusiasm and anger,” he added.
“Our determination to combat terrorism in all its forms remains intact,” Castex told the press.
The 36-year-old forward arrived in France illegally in 2009A police source said that he has since obtained a residence permit, adding that he has no criminal record. He had just settled in Rambouillet.
A security cordon prevented dozens of bystanders from approaching the police station in an affluent residential area. France Press agency.
The last few years have witnessed several knife attacks in France. In October 2020, a high school teacher in the same part of the country (Evelyn) was beheaded by an 18-year-old of Chechen descent.
In the same month, three people were killed by a Tunisian newcomer to France in a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice.
In September, a Pakistani hit two people with a knife in front of the satirical magazine’s former headquarters Charlie HebdoWho published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
On 3 October 2019, an employee of the Paris Police Headquarters killed three policemen and an administrative official with a knife, before he was killed.
The Macron government is trying to pass a bill aimed at strengthening the legislative arsenal to fight Islamic extremists in FranceBut for its critics, the text stigmatizes Muslims and limits freedoms.
(With information from France Press agency)
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