An assailant, identified as French citizen Armand R., went on a violent rampage in Paris, killing one person and injuring two others. The attacker cited the war in Gaza as a motivation for the attack, according to French authorities.
Armand R. stabbed a German tourist near the Eiffel Tower, resulting in the tourist’s death. He then attempted to harm the man’s wife, but was scared away by a taxi driver. Afterward, Armand R. attacked a British man and a Frenchman with a hammer before fleeing the scene, as reported by police.
The wounded victims were not in life-threatening condition, and Armand R. was later apprehended by authorities. During questioning, he expressed anger over the global deaths of Muslims, particularly in Afghanistan and Gaza, and accused France of complicity in these killings, according to French authorities.
Prosecutors revealed that the suspect had pledged allegiance to ISIS and had expressed support for the group in a social media video. Armand R. had previously served a four-year prison sentence for planning a violent offense and was released under surveillance and recommended for psychiatric treatment, as reported by People.
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin emphasized the severity of the situation, stating, “This person was ready to kill others,” and confirming that anti-terrorism investigators were overseeing the case.
With News Wire Services