Attack in Cannes: The perpetrator had Algerian citizenship, a residence permit in Italy and was unknown to the authorities
A police officer at the wheel of a patrol car was injured this morning when was attacked with a knife in front of the Cannes police station in southeastern France, by a man who said he committed this act “in the name of the Prophet”, sources close to the law enforcement forces told the French Agency.
According to the BFM network and the website of Le Figaro, the suspect had Algerian citizenship.
BFM TV added that the man was not known to the French authorities, while according to Le Figaro, the suspect had a residence permit in Italy.
Both sources said he was born in 1984.
According to Interior Minister Gerald Darmanen, the most prevalent scenario is that of “terrorist” action.
The sources of the French Agency clarified that the policeman “was saved thanks to the fact that he was wearing a bulletproof vest”, as the perpetrator stabbed him “at the height of the chest”.
Through Twitter, Interior Minister Darmanen said he was going to the scene of the attack “immediately”, expressing “all his support” to police and the city of Cannes, on the French Riviera.
BFMTV, citing its own sources close to law enforcement, said earlier that the perpetrator opened the door of a patrol car parked in front of the police station and stabbed the man in the driver’s seat. He then tried to stab a second police officer inside the vehicle while making the round of the vehicle, but a third police officer inside the car shot him, seriously injuring him.
The attack took place around 06:30 (local time; 07:30 Greek time).
The attack came as French concerns about terrorism and violent crime may play a role in the run-up to the 2022 presidential election.
Source From: Capital