Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Police widen probe on Paris knife attacker

Police widen probe on Paris knife attacker

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian commented on the statement of Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who spoke about the man from the republic who had attacked passers-by with a knife in Paris.

The assailant, whose victims have not yet been named, shouted "Allah hu akbar" before stabbing them.

NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports that the assailant was shot dead by police.

In France, several people have died in recent years from attacks attributed to radical Muslims, including knifing attacks.

The right-wing party, whose members, namely Mr Wauquiez, have been accused of sharing the views of the French far-right, said that all foreigners on the government's terrorism "Fiche-S" watchlist should be deported while the "most dangerous" would-be jihadists on the list should be placed in preventive detention.

Its military interventions overseas have exposed it to attack by Islamist militants at home. Azimov was born in Chechnya in 1997 and became a French citizen in 2010, authorities told ABC News.

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"Unfortunately, there's no such thing as zero risk", he said.

Terror group Islamic State has claimed responsibility of carrying out the attacks. Griveaux said the claim had not yet been fully authenticated. The friend, arrested in the eastern French city of Strasbourg, was born in 1997, a source said.

A knife-wielding assailant killed one person and injured four others in a lively neighborhood near Paris' famed Opera Garnier before he was killed by police Saturday night.

President Emmanuel Macron tweeted his praise for police who "neutralized the terrorist" and said "France is once again paying the price of blood but will not cede an inch to enemies of freedom".

Police union representative Rocco Contento told Reuters the attacker had rushed at police on Saturday evening, shouting "I will kill you, I will kill you!" after stabbing bystanders.

"Working alongside our allies, we will break their will, dry up their recruitment, keep them from crossing our borders, and yes, we will defeat them, and we will defeat them handily", the USA president had said while criticising Pakistan for giving safe haven to "agents of chaos, violence, and terror".

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