A deranged woman with a box cutter went on a stabbing spree in a supermarket today before police were able to detain her.
Two people are hospitalized.
The attack, at a store in the city of La Seyne-sur-Mer in southern France, is only the latest such attack in the country that seems inspired by radical jihadists. Last month, a man who also shouted “Allahu Akbar” killed one person with a knife and seriously wounded four others on a busy Paris street.
In all, over 240 innocent people have died in France of attacks by radical jihadists since the Charlie Hebdo magazine massacre in January of 2015.
Police in France were quick to point out that the suspect in Sunday’s knife attack, a French citizen, had documented mental issues, and despite her proclamations, they cast doubts on whether she is part of any radical group or cause. It is a common French practice to downplay the possible radical motivations initially, but in most cases, the attacks do end up being lone-wolf jihadists.
A woman has allegedly shouted ‘Allahu akbar’ before stabbing two people with a box cutter in a supermarket in southern France.
The suspect stabbed customers in a checkout line at a supermarket in La Seyne-sur-Mer on Sunday morning, according to local reports.
A man shopping at the E.Leclerc shop was struck in the chest and was hospitalised, and a woman at the market’s cash register was also injured, but not as seriously.
Officials said the attacker, who is said to be 24 years old and born in France, has been detained.
Officials said it was an ‘isolated incident’ and cited the woman’s history of mental illness, but admitted terrorism could not be ruled out.
As reports of the incident hit the media, some noticed that major news organizations downplayed the possible radical jihadist angle by changing what the woman yelled.
Do you notice the subtle difference a translation makes when reporting the box cutter terrorist attack in South of France? pic.twitter.com/j9Pv1UpXWW
— Tristan Azbej ن (@tristan_azbej) June 17, 2018
‘This is an apparently isolated incident by a person with a history of psychiatric disorders,’ said police investigator Bernard Marchal.
‘However, we cannot ruled out the possibility that she was radicalised.’
Marchal added: ‘There is presumption of attempted murder, and apology for crime with a terrorist connotation.
‘We do not know yet if these facts are terrorists but they are in any case terrorising, because this man who had not asked anything was attacked at the cash desk of a supermarket.’
He added a search of the woman’s home was being conducted to determine if she had any links with terrorist groups.
More than 240 people have been killed in jihadist attacks since the massacre at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in Paris in January 2015.
Last month a knifeman shouting ‘Allahu akbar’ killed one person and wounded four others during a Saturday night attack in a bustling Paris neighbourhood.
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