Iranian slashes the throat of a Rabbi and attacks his son with a boxcutter. Officials cannot imagine what the motive could have been, even though the attacker was reported to have shouted “Allahu Akbar.”
Daily Caller (h/t Robert W) The rabbi, who is in his late 40s, was recovering from surgery for a neck injury and his 18-year-old son sustained lesser injuries in the attack north of a touristic shopping area near Paris’ gilded Opera Garnie. The assailant was of Iranian origin, and an official investigation was underway to determine a possible motive, Prasquier said.
Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre, a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor’s office, said the two victims had been wearing Jewish skullcaps, and the attacker was detained after a chase through the synagogue. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, which monitors anti-Semitic incidents worldwide, said in a statement that the assailant screamed “Allah-u-Akbar” — or “God is great” — during the attack.
MyJihadist kills three in the south of France on Thursday when a gunman, who claimed to be part of al-Qaeda opened fire apparently at random in the southern town of Istres.
The Local (h/t Robert W) A 55-year-old woman was also left slightly injured after a bullet grazed her ear and police found a Kalashnikov automatic rifle in a ditch near the scene in the small town near Marseille, police sources said. “Everything points to him having dumped it there after the shooting,” one said, adding that the suspect was known to police for hoarding military weapons. One of the victims, a man thought to be in his sixties, was shot dead at the wheel of his car, the other two were male pedestrians, both local men aged 35 and 45 respectively.
A witness to the incident described how the 19-year-old suspect had walked around with his rifle poised “as if he was out hunting” and might easily have killed more people.
“When a car drove up to him, he raised his rifle and pointed it at the driver. Luckily there was no one on the roundabout ahead and the driver did not stop. That saved his life.” The shooter was arrested not far from the scene at a roundabout on the road towards Romaniquette beach, near the city of Marseilles.
According to early reports in the French media the gunman opened fire at around 2pm in the middle of a busy street for reasons that are still unclear. He apparently aimed his weapon at people standing outside their homes. The RTL radio station reported the man had claimed to belong to terrorist organisation Al Qaeda.