Per Yahoo a Sudanese refugee went on a knife rampage in a town in southeastern France on Saturday, killing two people in what is being treated as a terrorist attack.
The attack in broad daylight, which President Emmanuel Macron called “an odious act”, took place with the country on lockdown in a bid to stem the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Counter-terrorism prosecutors have launched an investigation into “murder linked to a terrorist enterprise” after the rampage in a string of shops in Romans-sur-Isere, a riverside town with a population of about 35,000.
The assailant, identified only as Abdallah A.-O., a refugee in his 30s from Sudan who lives in the town, was arrested without a fight by police.
DailyMail reports a Sudanese refugee was in custody in France today after stabbing two people to death and wounding seven others in a suspected lone wolf terrorist attack during the coronavirus lockdown.
The bloodbath took place in the town of Romans-sur-Isère, which is south of the eastern city of Lyon, late on Saturday morning.
It corresponded to numerous suicidal knife attacks carried out by Islamic State-linked terrorists in France in recent years.
This time, the 33-year-old – who has been identified as Abdallah A.O – was heard to shout ‘Alluhu Akbar’ – Arabic for ‘God is the Greatest’ – before lashing out with a blade.
When police arrived the man screamed ‘Kill me! Kill me!’, but the officers were able to arrest him without harming him.
France’s Interior Minister Christophe Castener later described how the man – who arrived from Sudan a few months ago but who was not previously known to police – attacked his victims in a bakery, a tobacconist and then out on the street, before police intervened at around 11am.
France’s anti-terrorism prosecutors said Abdallah had been seeking asylum in the country despite ‘complaining about living in a country of non-believers’.
A spokesman for the office said: ‘During a search carried out at his home, police found handwritten documents with religious connotation in which the author of the lines complains in particular of living in a country of non-believers.’
The spokesman said an enquiry had been launched into ‘two assassinations and attempted assassinations in relation to a terrorist enterprise.’
He confirmed that Abdallah was said to have murdered two unnamed victims with a knife, and severely wounded seven others.
The Sudanese are one of the biggest groups seeking asylum in France, with many feeling violence and extreme poverty in the Darfur region, as well as political persecution.
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