A French police administrative officer was stabbed in the local district of Rambouillet, in the Yvelines region. Armed officers shot and arrested the assailant, who later died of his injuries.
The incident occurred around 2:20 pm local time, when the suspect threw a knife at the officer, fatally wounding her. The officers who responded opened fire and managed to arrest the suspect at the scene.
French media reports that the 49-year-old administrative officer went into cardiac arrest at the scene after cutting his throat. According to media reports, the injured woman suffered several stab wounds moments later after receiving emergency care on the spot.
Two daughters survived the victim, one of her friends told French media.
The French counter-terrorism prosecutor later said he was investigating the attack because the perpetrator had previously explored the site and because of what he had said during the attack.
A judicial source close to the investigation said the man screamed “Allahu Akbar “, which means “God is the greatest” in Arabic. Police sources previously denied that such comments had been made.
Media reports claim that the attacker had Tunisian nationality, but was legally registered in France and had all necessary documents. However, BFM TV reported that its residence card would expire by the end of the year.
French President Emmanuel Macron reacted to the attack in a tweet, offering his condolences to the victim’s family by promising: “We will stop at nothing in our resolute fight against Islamist terrorism.”
Prime Minister Jean Castex and Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin both witnessed the stabbing scene in the city of Rambouillet, home to around 26,000 people, located about 60km southwest of Paris.
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