“NOT TERRORISM,” said police right after it happened, even though the Muslim knifeman (allegedly with “mental issues”), from the West African state of Mauritania, brandished a knife in front of tourists and security forces and told police he wanted to kill a soldier.
FRANCE 24 While the man was busted for “glorifying terrorism,” the crime is being handled by regular police and not anti-terror forces due to the suspect’s previous psyche issues, officials said. There’s no evidence the man is part of any greater organization. (And they know this right away because WHY?)
The Muslim who is aged around 19 and has a history of psychological problems, was arrested late on Saturday at the Paris monument after bursting past security and shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“Our God is Greater”).
Armed soldiers who are permanently stationed at the Eiffel Tower surrounded him and ordered him to drop his weapon, which he did without attacking anyone, one security source said, asking not to be named.
In custody, he said he wanted to commit “an attack against a soldier and had been in contact with a member of the jihadist group Islamic State who encouraged him to take action,” a separate source told AFP.
Police had initially treated Saturday’s Eiffel Tower incident as a criminal case, but anti-terror prosecutors have since taken over the investigation.
The suspect’s identity was not revealed beyond basic details that he was born in the west African republic of Mauritania in 1998, and that he carries French citizenship.
The French capital is still under close watch by security forces following a series of Muslim terrorist attacks in 2015.