A French Soldier (in uniform) was attacked in Paris while conducting his “anti-terrorist” duties. The soldier’s throat was stabbed by knife-wielding man described by police as “bearded, of North African origin and wearing a light coloured jihab’ under a jacket.”
Fears were raised shortly after an attack in Woolwich London that there would be copy-cat attackers. The assailant “pounced on the 23-year-old soldier outside a Virgin store in La Defence, the business district of the city which was packed with Saturday afternoon shoppers.”
The French soldiers wounds were “serious enough” and he is currently being treated at Percy hospital.
‘The attack happened just after 6pm,’ said a police source. ‘The soldier was stabbed repeatedly, most notably in the throat. The attacker ran away and the military are still looking for him, supported by the police. He is around 30 years old and of Arab appearance.”
President Hollande said authorities are investigating if there are any connections between the incident in Paris and the attack in Woolwich, London.