Man kills tourist near Eiffel Tower, injures 2; ‘terror’ investigation on




PARIS: A 23-year-old German Filipinotourist died and two other people, including a 66-year-old British citizen and a 60-year-old French national were hurt after an attack by a man armed with a knife and a hammer near the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Saturday. President Emmanuel Macron described the incident as “a terrorist attack”. Police quickly arrested the 26-year-old man, a French national, after subduing him with a Taser stun gun, interior minister Gerald Darmanin said.The suspect was identified as Armand Rajabpour-Miyandoab, born in 1997 to Iranian parents.
The suspect had in 2016 been sentenced to four years in prison for planning another attack, and had been on the French security services’ watch list, the minister said, adding that he was also known for having psychiatric disorders.
The man attacked a tourist couple at around 1900 GMT with a knife on the Quai de Grenelle, a few feet away from the Eiffel Tower, mortally wounding the German national. He was then chased by police and attacked two other people with a hammer, including the Briton, before being arrested.
The suspect had shouted out “Allahu akbar” and told police he was upset because “so many Muslims are dying in Afghanistan and in Palestine” and was also upset about the Gaza situation, Darmanin said. French anti-terrorism prosecutors are leading an investigation into the incident. Police sources confirmed the attacker had posted a video on social media at the moment of the attack, claiming responsibility.


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