French soldier subdues knife-wielding suspect in Paris, police say

Danny Woods
September 16, 2017

French counterterrorism prosecutors are handling the investigation into an attempted knife attack on a soldier patrolling a large Paris subway interchange. No injuries were reported.

The knifeman attacked the a soldier at the Chatelet metro station - right in the centre of the city - at about 6.30am.

The victim managed to wrestle him to the ground and he was arrested by armed police as he shouted ISIS slogans. "We don't know more about the intentions of the attacker who is arrested", Parly told local broadcaster Europe1.

The man was taken to the main Chateletpolice station, and now faces a range of terrorist charges. The man was arrested without being able to hurt the Operation Sentinel soldier according to French media, citing the Police Department.

Soldiers and police officers have in recent years frequently been the target of attackers in France who often claim allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) terror group.

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Yesterday (14 September) the French government said it would make changes to the military force created to protect sensitive sites after the deadly extremist attacks on France in 2015.

He took the attacker under control following the attack.

However, patrols around major tourist sites, places of worship, train stations and airports will still continue as before. The individual was not known to the police, the source added.

The soldier was unhurt in the incident. Also in August, seven soldiers were left seriously injured when a BMW drove into them deliberately.

In June, an ISIS supporter drove a auto loaded with gas bottles into a military vehicle on the same road.

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