Man nabbed after launching knife attack on soldier in Paris

Man nabbed after launching knife attack on soldier in Paris

The French authorities have launched a counter-terrorism inquiry after a man wielding a knife attacked a soldier of Operation Sentinelle patrolling the Chatelet metro station in Paris. No injuries were reported. "We do not know more about the intentions of the aggressor who was arrested, but this new attack fully legitimizes what we want to do, that is to make the forces placement even more unpredictable, even more undetectable for potential aggressors".

The soldier was a member of Operation Sentinel, a task force assigned to protect prominent sites in the region following a recent surge in Islamic extremist attacks.

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

French Defense Minister Florence Parly said the number of troops involved in the Sentinelle operation would remain at 7,000 under the plan.

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Wintesses said that the attacker made references to Islam and Allah during the incident. But she says they also will move more easily around the country based on local officials' requests.

On August 9, at least six French soldiers were injured, three of them seriously, when they were hit by a vehicle in a north-western Paris suburb.

In April, a 39-year-old police officer was shot dead by an Isis supporter on the Champs Elysee, while in February another knife attacker was gunned.

In June, an Isis supporter drove a auto loaded with gas bottles into a military vehicle on the same road.