Fatal Assault Near Eiffel Tower: Tourist Killed, 2 Injured; Suspect in Custody

Tragedy near Eiffel Tower: Fatal attack leaves 1 dead, 2 injured. Latest on assailant's arrest and security concerns ahead of Paris Olympic Games.

Dec 3, 2023 - 01:00
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Fatal Assault Near Eiffel Tower: Tourist Killed, 2 Injured; Suspect in Custody
Fatal Assault Near Eiffel Tower: Tourist Killed, 2 Injured; Suspect in Custody

A really sad thing happened close to the famous Eiffel Tower. A 26-year-old person from France attacked some people, and one person died, while two got hurt. The Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin, told to Press that the police quickly caught the person who did it, using a Taser stun gun.

The perpetrator, previously serving a four-year sentence in 2016 for planning another attack, was flagged on the French security services' watch list and had a documented history of psychiatric disorders, according to Darmanin.

The distressing event occurred around 1900 GMT on the Quai de Grenelle, in proximity to the Eiffel Tower. Armed with a knife, the assailant targeted a tourist couple, resulting in the tragic death of a German national. Subsequently pursued by law enforcement, the attacker further assaulted two more individuals with a hammer before being taken into custody.

During the assault, the suspect reportedly uttered "Allahu Akbar" and voiced grievances regarding the situations in Afghanistan, Palestine, and Gaza. The investigation into this concerning incident falls under the jurisdiction of the anti-terrorism prosecutor's office.

This unsettling occurrence, coming less than eight months before the Paris Olympic Games, raises pertinent questions about the preparedness and security measures for the upcoming global sporting event. With plans for an extraordinary opening ceremony on the Seine river, anticipated to draw up to 600,000 spectators, authorities face intensified scrutiny in ensuring the safety and security of participants and attendees.

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