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Counterterror probe in Paris attempted attack

Counterterror probe in Paris attempted attack

The man was disarmed and immobilised by the soldier, who was not injured.

An individual armed with a knife threatened a soldier patrolling the Châtelet metro station in Paris.

The knifeman attacked the a soldier at the Chatelet metro station - right in the centre of the city - at about 6.30am.

The suspect, said to be shouting Islamic State slogans, attacked a French soldier carrying out anti-terrorism duties in the French captial this morning. The man was quickly neutralized by the soldier. "This new attack legitimate fully what we want to do, that is to say, to make this device even more unpredictable, even more undetectable to potential attackers", she continued.

The unidentified man was taken to the main police station in Chatelet, and now faces a range of terrorist charges.

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Further noting that the soldier who was targeted by the assailant, was a member of Operation Sentinel, a task force that has been assigned to protect prominent sites in the region.

Recently, authorities said last month that six soldiers in Levallois, outside Paris, were hurt when a driver deliberately rammed into them.

He took the attacker under control following the attack. The suspect was arrested hours after the incident on a motorway in northern France.

France declared a state of emergency following attacks in Paris in November 2015, in which more than 130 people were killed. The attacker detained by police. One officer was hit in the head with the hammer, prompting police to fire at the attacker.


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