A tragic incident unfolded in central Paris near the iconic Eiffel Tower on Saturday evening, where a German tourist tragically lost his life, and two others were injured in a knife and hammer attack. French President Emmanuel Macron has declared the incident a “terrorist attack”.
The assailant, a 26-year-old French national previously sentenced in 2016 for planning another attack and known to have psychiatric disorders, was swiftly apprehended by police using a Taser stun gun. The attack, which took place around 7 pm GMT, began when the attacker, wielding a knife, fatally wounded a German national on the Quai de Grenelle, a few feet from the Eiffel Tower. The violence escalated as he then attacked two others with a hammer before being subdued by police.
During his arrest, the suspect reportedly exclaimed “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) and expressed his distress over Muslim casualties in Afghanistan and Palestine, as well as the situation in Gaza. This detail was shared by Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, shedding light on the possible motivations behind this harrowing event.
President Macron conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased German tourist and extended his thoughts to those injured. Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne also made a statement, asserting, “We will not give in to terrorism”.