Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Culture | By Ray Hoffman

French soldier attacked at Paris metro station by knife-wielding 'Isis supporter'

French soldier attacked at Paris metro station by knife-wielding 'Isis supporter'

Paris police say a knife-wielding assailant tried to attack a soldier in a major subway interchange but was quickly arrested and no one was hurt.

Police and military forces have been targets of attacks themselves.

A man has been arrested in Paris after he attacked a soldier on patrol in French city of Paris on Friday, media reports said.

The attacker approached the soldier from behind and then lunged at him with the blade at Chatelet metro station at 6.30am this morning. Anti-terrorist prosecutors have been put in charge of the inquiry.

Following that attack, the government launched an operation known as Sentinelle, deploying some 7,000 troops across the country to guard high-risk areas such as tourist sites and religious buildings.

It is the latest in a long string of attacks on service personnel involved in Operation Sentinelle - an initiative involving 10,000 soldiers and 4700 gendarmes and police.

The soldier was a member of Operation Sentinel, a task force assigned to protect prominent sites in the region following a recent surge in Islamic extremist attacks.

France declared a state of emergency following attacks in Paris in November 2015, in which more than 130 people were killed.

French armed forces minister Florence Parly said: "A man has been arrested".

"The man has been seized, which is further proof of the professionalism and efficiency of the Sentinel soldiers in this protection mission", she said.

The attacker died when the vehicle caught fire and no soldiers were injured.

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