A knife-wielding “soldier of the Islamic State” killed two people and injured others in a lively neighborhood near the famed Paris Opera House before he was killed by police in the French capital Saturday night. The “coalition airstrikes” are the reason given for the attack:
#ISIS claims #Paris attacker is “soldier of the Islamic State,” carried out attack in revenge for Coalition airstrikes…..
#ISIS claims #Paris attacker is "soldier of the Islamic State," carried out attack in revenge for Coalition airstrikes….. pic.twitter.com/Gke2Wx4caa
— Jesse Morton (@_JesseMorton) May 12, 2018
Paris police officers evacuated people from some buildings in the Right Bank neighborhood after the attack, and bar patrons and opera-goers described surprise and confusion.
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Witnesses said the knifeman shouted “Allahu akbar” as he went on a rampage prompting the launch of a terror probe.
French authorities have opened a terrorism investigation into the Paris stabbing that left two dead, including the suspect. @BryanLlenas is following this developing story. https://t.co/ZeOV0uYjPw pic.twitter.com/WslTslrgdq
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Beyond the police cordon, however, crowds still filled nearby cafes and the city’s night life resumed its normal pace soon after the suspect was reported as having been “neutralized” by police.
The attack comes as France is under a constant threat from terrorism. A string of extremist attacks have claimed the lives of over 245 people around France in the past three years.
France has been on high alert as a series of attacks commissioned or inspired by ISIS have hit the country over the past three years
France’s BFM television interviewed an unnamed witness in a restaurant who said a young woman was at the entrance when “a man arrived and attacked her with a knife.” A friend came to her aid and the attacker left, “hitting on all the doors, all the shops,” the witness told BFM. He turned onto another street, and everyone scattered, the witness said.