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Pulling out a knife and stabbing a police officer ‘in the name of the oracle’

FranceA man armed with a knife attacked police in the town of Cannes, claiming he was acting “in the name of the oracle”.

An unnamed source said that the police were behind the wheel of a car parked in front of the police station at 6:30 am (12:30 am Hanoi time) on November 8 when the attacker opened the door and stabbed him with a knife. He tried to stab another person in the car before he was killed by another officer who opened fire.

The attacker was seriously injured and is in a serious condition. French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin announced on Twitter on November 8 that the policeman was not injured thanks to the bulletproof vest.

Pulling out a knife and stabbing a police officer 'in the name of the oracle'

A knife-wielding man attacked French police in the town of Cannes, in the south of the country, on November 8. Video: AFP

Authorities believe it may have been a terrorist attack. The French press reported that the suspect was born in 1984, is an Algerian citizen, using Italian residency documents.

French police have been the target of a spate of attacks by Islamist extremists in recent years, prompting calls for increased police protections and increased prison sentences.

Officials and police at the scene of the attack in the town of Cannes on November 8.  Photo: Twitter/Eric Ciotti

Officials and police at the scene of the attack in the town of Cannes on November 8. Photo: Twitter/Eric Ciotti

In April, a policeman was stabbed to death at the entrance to a train station in the peaceful Paris town of Rambouillet. Another officer was seriously injured in a stabbing attack near the city of Nantes in the west of the country in May. In October 2019, three officers and a police officer in Paris were stabbed to death by an IT extremist. at the city police headquarters.

The attacks highlight the dangers of Islamic extremism in France, which has suffered a wave of violence over the past decade by extremists inspired by al-Qaeda or the Islamic State group. self-proclaimed sect (IS). Security is being tightened in the context that France is about to hold presidential elections in April next year.

Hong Hanh (Follow AFP)

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