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Ramadan in France: Muslim planned knife and machete attack on American tourists

French suspected Islamist ‘planned knife and machete attack’ on English and American tourists

Police cordon off a street near the site of the killing of a police officer in Magnanville in suburban Paris
Police cordon off a street near the site of the killing of a police officer in Magnanville in suburban Paris


Henry Samuel, Paris
16 June 2016 • 5:40pm


A radicalised 22-year old has been arrested in southwestern France with a knife and machete on suspicion of intending to attack “English and American tourists, then security forces”, according to French reports.

Officers from France’s intelligence agency, DGSI, arrested the terror suspect on Monday night at the train station of Carcassonne, a fortified town an hour’s drive from Toulouse – where four matches of the Euro 2016 football tournament are taking place.

Fireworks light up the medieval Cite de Carcassonne southwestern France 
Fireworks light up the medieval Cite de Carcassonne southwestern France

According to La Dépêche du Midi, the local newspaper, the unnamed suspect was on a security “S” watch list for potentially dangerous individuals, including would-be jihadists.

He “confessed to investigators that he wanted to attack English and American tourists, before launching an attack on security forces – police and military,” wrote Le Dépêche.

According to Le Parisien, the man also said he intended to target Russians.

Arrested with an “Opinel knife and machete”, he is being held for questioning under suspicion of “links to criminals planning a terrorist act”.

The suspect reportedly comes from Lunel, a town that has been dubbed the “Molenbeek” of the southwestern Hérault region, in reference to the Brussels district home to several of the perpetrators of the Paris attacks of last November, and those in the Belgian capital in March.

At least 20 individuals aged between 18 and 30 have travelled from Lunel to fight alongside Islamists in Syria and Iraq since October 2014, including eight who have died there. More have been prevented from leaving by French intelligence.

According to a source close to the inquiry, the suspect has a history of psychiatric problems and has been diagnosed as schizophrenic, but is considered nonetheless “truly radicalised” with a “serious profile”.

The suspect, who police say became radicalised in 2014 via jihadist Internet propaganda, has been transferred to anti-terror headquarters in Paris, according to France TV Info.

Reports of the arrest came two days after another man with known psychiatric problems – also a schizophrenic – stabbed a 19-year-old girl three times in western France, telling police he had heard voices ordering him to make a “sacrifice” for Ramadan, the Rennes prosecutor said.

“Voices told him that he had to make a sacrifice on the occasion of Ramadan,” the holy Muslim fasting month that began on June 6, prosecutor Nicolas Jacquet told AFP.

The 32-year-old man was immediately assessed by a doctor and sent to a psychiatric hospital after stabbing the girl twice in the wrist and once in the abdomen, Mr Jacquet said, adding that the teenager’s wounds are not life-threatening.

An investigation has been opened into attempted murder.

That attack came a day after a jihadist killed a French police couple in a small town near Paris, in a stabbing inspired by the Islamic State group.

This combination of pictures obtained from the facebook page of the French National Police Force (Police Nationale) created on June 14, 2016 shows Jean-baptiste Salvaing (R) and Jessica Schneider the French police couple in an IS-inspired stabbing on June 13, 2016
Jean-Baptiste Salvaing, right, and his partner Jessica Schneider, were stabbed to death near their home in Magnanville, France


Police are reportedly looking into whether Larossi Abballa, 25, who was under surveillance after serving time for links to jihadist networks, knew his victims, Jean-Baptiste Salvaing, 42, and his partner Jessica Schneider, 36. They were stabbed to death near their home in Magnanville while their three-year old son was found physically unharmed but in shock.

Abballa urged followers to turn Euro 2016 into a “graveyard” and was carrying a hit list of VIPs, who are now under police protection.

Police sources told Le Monde that Abballa had told a negotiator: “He (Salvaing) came into my home, now I’m coming into his.”

The slain policeman may have crossed Abballa, who had several previous convictions for petty crimes, as he operated in the area where the murderer was brought up and lived.

In the wake of the attack in Magnanville, police unions said officers will now be able to carry weapons while off-duty beyond a state of emergency that was declared after the November attacks, but which is due to expire next month.


4 thoughts on “Ramadan in France: Muslim planned knife and machete attack on American tourists

  1. Since 2011 I have daily followed the rise and rise of ISLAM all over the world. And still there is not a single politician either in the EU or in respective European and Scandinavian countries who recognises this insidious threat to our societies. I am beyond words and how Muslim Issue has the patience and the strength to keep those of us with a mind informed all I can say my deepest thanks and congratulations. I have sent many of Muslim Issue’s articles to Lofven of the Swedish government but still there is no change. The world today is governed by fools and in hock to Saudi Arabia and Wahhabi Islam and the vicious dictates of IRAN. I see no answer other than all out war and small nuclear missiles targeted on Mecca, all Mosques world wide, Tehran and Saudi cities. The world has to wake up to the insidious creeping vipers of ISLAM they mean business and unless we deal drastically with them they will win.

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    • Thanks for the support. Our readers are transforming the world. They may not be aware of it, but they are. Before we started TMI it was nearly impossible to even talk about Islam being a problem. That’s how shut-off all communication on the subject was. Today, it is becoming more and more clear to people as they are more educated about Islam. And it helps a lot that statistics and articles are forwarded to politicians. And since they come from the media they tend to have greater strength than private articles. That’s why we started this blog. It’s a lot of work, a lot of extra hours but people must be educated about the dangers pouring into their countries.


      • Exactly I just wish the Media as whole would adopt the stance of Muslim Issue. There is still a huge majority out there who have no understanding at all and will only get the picture when it is too late. I just hope either Putin or Trump can wake up the world, or even China who this year has banned Ramadam. Presumably as a result of China’s observations of the West. Europe does not have enough in military men or machines in defense. Europe will be forced to take another look at Russia or China. The number of men in China due to the one child per family has an excess of males of fighting age. I know this may sound far fetched but the ISLAMIC threat is there and it is real and will not go away particularly as it is driven by such idiocy of 72 Virgins when a Muslim becomes a martyr! Just how old are these boys? They are mainly pubescent and of an age still experiencing wet dreams and learning nothing constructive or valuable in any Islamic nation. Islam keeps its people backward and incapable of thinking or questioning.


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