A suspected Islamist stabbed a German tourist in Paris near the Eiffel Tower on Saturday night. Two more people were injured, one of them by a hammer.

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin wrote on X (formerly Twitter) that police had arrested a suspected criminal. During a visit to the crime scene, Darmanin said, according to BFMTV, that the perpetrator was known to the internal secret service due to radical Islamism and “serious psychological disorders.”

President of France Emmanuel Macron expressed condolences to the relatives of the deceased German citizen. Prime Minister Elizabeth Bourne wrote on X: “We will not give in to terrorism. Never”. The National Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor’s Office said it was investigating the attack.

German tourist couple attacked

The attacker attacked a “German tourist couple” on the bridge in the evening; the woman did not receive physical injuries, but was shocked, Darmanin said.

The man was shot in the back and shoulder and went into cardiac arrest, Le Parisien newspaper reported, citing police. The attacker then fled and then attacked two other people before being arrested. To catch the attacker, the police used a stun gun.

Darmanin said the wounded were a Frenchman in his 60s and a foreign tourist who was hit with a hammer. According to media reports, he is said to be English.

The attacker was reported to be French.

According to reports, the attacker is a Frenchman of Iranian origin, born in 1997. Darmanen said the alleged gunman said after his arrest that he could no longer accept Muslims dying in both Afghanistan and Palestine.

The man believed that France was complicit in the Israeli war in the Gaza Strip and wanted to die a martyr’s death. According to information, the arrested person was already sentenced to four years in prison in 2016 after the attack plan failed.

The man was reported to have shouted “Allahu Akbar” (roughly: “God is greatest”) when he was arrested, BFMTV and Le Parisien reported, citing police. A confessional video was also found. According to Le Parisien, the alleged perpetrator swore allegiance to the terrorist organization Islamic State. He is said to claim he is acting to “take revenge on Muslims”. (DPA/VOI)

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