Notre Dame attacker pledges allegiance to Islamic State in a video: Reports

Notre Dame Cathedral attack: Before being shot and wounded by officers, the attacker had shouted "This is for Syria!'' 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 7, 2017 3:10 pm
france attack, notre dame attacker, notre dame, paris attack, islamic state france, world news French police and gendarmes stand at the scene of a shooting incident near the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. (Source: Reuters)

The assailant who carried out an attack on a French police officer outside Notre Dame Cathedral on Tuesday has pledged allegiance to Islamic State in a video, reported AFP on Wednesday. The policeman’s colleague opened fire on the man, hitting him in the chest. Before being shot and wounded by officers, the attacker had shouted “This is for Syria!”

“A person came up behind the police officers, armed with a hammer, and started to hit the police officer,” Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told reporters. A hammer and kitchen knives were found on the assailant.

Earlier today, government spokesman Christophe Castaner had said the incident was an “isolated act” and the attacker “never showed any sign of radicalisation.” He had also added that the investigation was at a preliminary stage. Castaner said it “is very difficult to anticipate” attacks when they were staged by people who were not on the police radar.

On Tuesday, a 40-year-old Algerian had threatened police officers with a hammer and refused to stop. The suspect was reportedly a doctoral student in information science at a university in the east of France. A 22-year-old officer sustained minor neck injuries in the assault.

Authorities had asked people to stay away from the area and some took refuge inside the cathedral. Among the several hundred people ordered to remain inside the cathedral was a former US ambassador to the United Nations, Nancy Soderberg. “It was really scary. We had no idea if there were any accomplices inside,” she told Associated Press.

The attack came the day before new President Emmanuel Macron is likely to unveil his first efforts against terrorism. A series of Islamic extremist attacks in recent years have put Paris on under high security.

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  1. S
    Jun 7, 2017 at 3:09 pm
    There are some serious flaws in Islam itself that turn muslims violent and murderous (barring a few).
    1. R
      Rizwan Rehman
      Jun 7, 2017 at 4:10 pm
      There seems to be some serious flaws in some religion too that make some people (barring a few) to perceive and give views about others religion without proper knowledge. Let me clear that people involve in such heinous act have lesser knowledge of the religion (any religion to be specific)
      1. F
        Jun 7, 2017 at 4:35 pm
        by a few I guess u mean the 99.99 of rest of the 2 billion muslims around the world. And by flaws I guess u mean being bombed by the west. Read how he shouted "this is for Syria" and not "this is for Islam". You expect someone whose home is destro to be calm and composed rather than being violent? And going by your way of analysis, I should say there's something seriously wrong with all Indians that they are so pervert, racist and rapists "barring a few". Please use your brains and focus on the cause before judging based on outcome. We the common people have to think rationally and do our own research rather than just letting the iniquitous autocrats shape our opinion. Only then, in true sense, will we achieve freedom.