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French Police Worker Stabbed In Terrorist Attack Near Paris

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The Wall Street Journal

French Police Worker Stabbed In Terrorist Attack Near Paris

Killing by unidentified assailant, who was then killed by police, follows string of attacks late last year.

By Sam Schechner

PARIS—An administrative police worker was stabbed to death in an assault on a police station that investigators were treating as a terrorist attack.

An unidentified man Friday surprised a police worker in the entranceway of the police station some 25 miles southwest of Paris as she returned from her car, French officials said. The attacker stabbed the worker in the throat and yelled “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “God is great,” before police stationed inside shot and killed him, police union officials said on French television.

The police worker died of her wounds soon after. She was a mother of two who worked at the reception of the police station, and didn’t carry a gun, one of the union officials said.

The attack jolted a nation already reeling from a string of terrorist attacks late last year, including the beheading of middle-school teacher Samuel Paty after he showed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to his class.

Jean-François Ricard, France’s antiterrorism prosecutor, said Friday he had opened an investigation into the police station attack as a terrorist act in part because the attacker had scoped out the station ahead of the attack, and because of statements he made during the assault.

Full story https://www.wsj.com/articles/police-worker-killed-in-knife-attack-southwest-of-paris-11619191674