The French Iranian Muslim terrorist, who allegedly stabbed a German tourist to death and wounded two other people including a British citizen, has now been named and pictured, and is a well-known convicted terrorist, who since claimed to have been reformed after attending a ‘deradicalization programme.’
Daily Mail (h/t Nita) Despite this, Armand Rajabpour-Miyandoab, 26, was released from prison in 2020, and left to live at home with his parents. On Sunday he was under armed guard and facing multiple charges including murder following a bloodbath close to the Eiffel Tower on Saturday night.
Rajabpour-Miyandoab allegedly used a knife and hammer to kill a 24-year-old German-Filipino tourist, before attacking two more as-yet-unnamed victims, including a British father.
He shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ as he was taken in by Paris police, who immobilized him with a stun gun. Armand Rajabpour-Miyandoab was in 2016 convicted to four years in prison for terrorist conspiracy.
He fatally stabbed the as-yet-unnamed German tourist, born in the Philippines in 1999, with a knife in the back and shoulder, which led to a cardiorespiratory arrest before he passed away. The second victim of the attack was British, and was out walking with his wife when Armand R. attacked him from behind, hitting the man over the head with a hammer. The Englishman was rushed to hospital, where his condition was later described as ‘stable’. A third victim was also badly hurt in a hammer attack, said the source.
The son of two Iranian refugees who was born in France, he had converted to Islam in 2015 after being radicalized online by an ISIS supporter, according to prosecution documents. Rajabpour-Miyandoab was well known for forging online links with other terrorists including Larossi Aballa, who went on to stab two police officers to death in Magnanville in June 2016.
Another Facebook friend was Adel Kermiche, one of the perpetrators of the stabbing to death of a Catholic priest in Saint-Étienne du Rouvray in the same year. Many of those linked with such crimes were, like Rajabpour-Miyandoab, on an S-File, which means they are officially under surveillance.
Rajabpour-Miyandoab later claimed to have completed a ‘deradicalization programme’, claiming he had lost interest in terrorism. He was let out of prison early in 2020, and put on a treatment programme for ‘psychiatric and neurological problems,’ according to an investigating source.
In court in 2018, he said: ‘Islamic extremism was ruining my life,’ while claiming he had taken to drinking beer and eating pork – activities which are barred to practicing Muslims.
But online activity showed that Rajabpour-Miyandoab was still researching how to make phosphorus bombs, and posted a video of himself disguised, and making political statements. He regularly bemoaned the number of Muslims who were being killed in global conflicts including Afghanistan and Israel-Hamas.
At one point he accused France of ‘being complicit’ in ‘war crimes’ committed by Israeli forces against thousands of massacred Palestinian civilians. During his time in custody he had frequently complained about ‘Muslims being killed in Afghanistan and Palestine’.
He had also referenced the current Israel-Hamas conflict, claiming that ‘France was complicit’ with Israel in the massacre of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza. The deadly attack in central Paris during a busy weekend night came with the country on its highest alert for attacks, as tensions rise against the background of the war between Israel and Hamas.
France has suffered several attacks by Islamic extremists, including the November 2015 suicide and gun attacks in Paris claimed by the Islamic State group in which 130 people were killed.