French anti-terror prosecutor probes knife attack in southeast city


Emergency services arrive at a scene of a knife attack in Romans-sur-Isère near Lyon, France on April 4, 2020 in this screenshot obtained from a video on social networks. Twitter / @ imyurika_ / via REUTERS

LYON, France (Reuters) – French anti-terrorist prosecution will investigate a knife attack in the southeastern town of Romans-sur-Isère on Saturday, in which a man killed two and injured five people.

The attack took place while people were shopping. Like the rest of France, the city is currently under the control of a coronavirus, although residents are allowed to buy essential items.

“Preliminary investigations have revealed a determined murderous course aimed at seriously disturbing public order by intimidation or terror,” the prosecution said in the statement.

He said a search of the 33-year-old suspect of Sudanese origin revealed documents with religious overtones in which the author complained, among other things, of living in a country of “unbelievers”.

The suspect was arrested while kneeling on a sidewalk and praying in the Arabic language, the prosecution said in the statement, adding that one of his acquaintances had also been arrested.

“In these circumstances, the national counter-terrorism prosecution has decided to open an investigation,” he added.

The attacks took place in the morning in front of a bakery where customers were lining up and in downtown businesses, according to Mayor Marie-Hélène Thoraval.

Witnesses told Reuters that the man struck at random and in several places while moving through the city center.

Report by Catherine Lagrange and Bate Felix; Writing by Bate Felix; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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