Knifeman shot with Taser after trying to attack police officers in Paris – World News

A knifeman has been shot with a Taser  in Paris after trying to attack police officers.

The suspect – who has not been named – was neutralised by officers in the 15th arrondissment, in the south of the French capital.

Video journalist Clement Lanot posted images from the scene on Twitter on Friday afternoon, writing: “The police initially intervened in a neighbourhood dispute.”

He continued: “Police knife attack in the 15th arrondissement. Aggressor neutralised. No injuries.”

Mr Lanot said soldiers from the Vigipirate anti-terrorist initiative then arrived to secure the area.



The suspect was shot with rubber bullets and a Taser (stock image)
(Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Early reports mistakenly said the knifeman had been killed by police.

The man was said to have a history of psychiatric hospital, and the incident was no considered to be terrorism related, said the source. 

It followed a Tunisian migrant murdering three people in a Catholic basilica in the southern city of Nice on Thursday.

Appalling security lapses allowed 21-year-old Brahim Aoussaoui to strike at will with a 12-inch blade, as he tried to behead his victims.

He survived, despite being shot 14 times by police, and was on Friday under armed guard in a secure hospital wing.

An unidentified 47-year-old man was also in custody following meetings he had with the infected killer on the eve of the bloodbath.

President Emmanuel Macron has declared France ‘under attack’ following disturbing incidents in Lyon and in the Paris suburb of Sartrouville, where a man who was under surveillance by the security services because of his links with radical Islam told his father he wanted to ‘copy what happened in Nice’.

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Elsewhere, a security guard at the French consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was also stabbed and wounded.

The attacks come amid fury across the Islamic and Arab world at President Macron for defending satirical cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed and the Muslims who revere him.

During a visit to emergency service personnel in Nice on Thursday, Mr Macron said: ‘We won’t give in. Once again, our country has been hit by an Islamist terrorist attack.

‘Once again, this morning, it was three of our compatriots who fell, in Nice, in this basilica. Very clearly, it is France that is under attack.’

The nature of the Nice attack was the same as that used to kill school teacher Samuel Paty in the Paris suburb of Conflans Sainte Honorine earlier this month.

Mr Paty was beheaded by an 18-year-old Chechen refugee after the teacher showed the Charlie Hebdo cartoons to children.

The Nice attack happened less than half-a-mile from where a lone wolf terrorist linked to Isis ploughed a truck into a crowd on the promenade in 2016, killing 86 and wounding around 400 others.