A uniformed French soldier on anti-terrorist duties in Paris had his throat cut by a knife-wielding man tonight.
The savage attack follows the murder of a British soldier by two men using weapons including knives and a meat cleaver. One of the suspects said they were acting in the name of Islam.
Today there were fears that the Paris attack was a copy-cat crime and that a radical Muslim might once more be responsible.
FEARS! It is highly unlikely that the attacker was a Baptist minister.
‘Police in the French capital described the attacker as a being ‘bearded, of North African origin and wearing a light coloured jihab’ under a jacket.
He pounced on the soldier outside a Virgin store in La Defence, the business district of the city which was packed with Saturday afternoon shoppers.
The attack on a soldier in Paris was being treated as a ‘terrorist incident’, said a source at the Paris prosecutors office.
‘The anti-terrorist branch of the prosecutors office is dealing with the matter,’ the source added.
The 25-year-old soldier was knifed as a he patrolled around the suburban railway station for RER A service which links the French capital with the suburbs.
Pierre-Andre Peyvel, prefect of the Hauts-de-Seine district, said the soldier’s wounds were ‘serious enough’.’
The soldier is being treated in Percy hospital in Paris.
See also Associated Press report