A man attacked tourists in central Paris near the Eiffel Tower leading to the death of one person died and two others getting injured. This was stated by French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin on Saturday.
Darmanin told reporters that police arrested the 26-year-old man, a French national, using a Taser stun gun.
The suspect had been sentenced to four years in prison back in 2016 for planning another attack and was on the French security services' watch list, and was also known for having psychiatric disorders, the interior minister added.
The attack took place around 1900 GMT when the man attacked a tourist couple with a knife on the Quai de Grenelle, a few feet away from the Eiffel Tower, wounding a German national. He was then chased by police and attacked two other people with a hammer before being arrested.
The suspect had shouted out "Allahu Akbar" and told police he was upset because "so many Muslims were dying in Afghanistan and in Palestine" and was also upset about the Gaza situation, Darmanin said.
The anti-terrorism prosecutor's office said it was in charge of the investigation.
Saturday night's incident in central Paris occurred less than eight months before the French capital hosts the Olympic Games and could raise questions about security at the global sporting event.
Paris plans an unprecedented opening ceremony on the Seine river that may draw as many as 600,000 spectators.
Copyright©2024 Living Media India Limited. For reprint rights: Syndications Today