Seven folks have been injured, together with two middle-aged British vacationers, in Sunday evening’s assault by a person wielding a knife and an iron bar, in response to the spokesman.
“This isn’t being handled as a terrorist assault,” he stated.
The assault befell at 10:50 p.m. (4:50 p.m. ET) within the Parc de la Villette by the Ourcq Canal within the 19th arrondissement, a vigorous neighborhood in northeastern Paris standard with younger folks and vacationers.
A bystander fought off the attacker with balls from a petanque recreation, a neighborhood form of bowling, till police arrived.
“There have been round 20 folks chasing him. They began throwing petanque balls at him,” Najah stated. “Round 4 or 5 balls hit him within the head, however they weren’t capable of cease him.”
In response to the identical witness, the attacker then dived into an alleyway, the place the person “tried to cover behind two British vacationers. We stated to them: ‘Be careful, he has a knife.” However they did not react.”
The pair have been then attacked, he stated.
Sunday night’s assault was the most recent in a stream of knife crimes in France not too long ago.
ISIS claimed accountability for that assault, however French authorities stated the 36-year-old had psychological well being issues and had been on their terror watch listing since 2016.
Ten days earlier an Afghan asylum-seeker was arrested within the southwestern French city of Perigueux after wounding 4 folks in a drunken rampage, AFP reported.
On June 17, two folks have been harm in one other southern city when a girl shouting “Allahu akbar” attacked them with a knife in a grocery store earlier than being overpowered.