The identity of the assailant was not yet formally established Saturday morning, but according to the first elements of the investigation, it could be an egyptian, 29 years old, living in Dubai.
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Two years to the day after the attack with a knife against the three soldiers in front of a jewish community centre in Nice, soldiers of the operation “Sentinel” were again assaulted with a knife, Friday, 3 February.
A man, whose identity was not yet formally established on Saturday morning, injuring a soldier with a machete at the Carrousel du Louvre, in Paris, before being seriously wounded by bullets. It could be, according to the first elements of the investigation, an Egyptian 29 years old, residing in Dubai.
The anti-terrorist prosecutor has opened, on Friday, a survey for ” attempted murder, aggravated in relation with a terrorist enterprise “ due to the nature of the targets and the modus operandi of the assault. The investigations have been entrusted to the anti-terrorist Section of the brigade of the Paris crime and the Directorate-general of internal security (ISB).
It was not 10 o’clock, Friday, when a man walked up to four military personnel patrolling at the entrance of the mall which gives access to the Louvre Museum, upstream of the safety checks, said the prosecutor of Paris, François Molins, at a press briefing. Carrying a backpack and a black t-shirt ” with a death’s head “, ” armed with a machete in each hand, arms raised and folded behind the head, he rushed on them, shouting : “Allahu akbar”. “
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” Doctrine of use of arms respected, “
He then strikes the head first soldier, wounding him slightly to the scalp, before being pushed back, then ” precipitates on a second member who fell to the ground “. The latter tries to push kicked in vain, and then draws a first time, aiming for ” the lower part of the abdomen “. The assailant is always showing as aggressive, according to the testimony, the soldier fired three times with his Famas, wounding him ” very seriously “. His prognosis is ” very committed “, said François Molins.
This is the second time since the beginning of “Sentinel” that a military made use of his weapon, after a man in a car tried to knock down the soldiers in front of a mosque in Valence (Drôme), the 1st January 2016. the ” The military has strictly adhered to the doctrine of use of weapons consisting of the following summation in a first shot in the lower abdomen, intended to incapacitate without killing the assailant “, has insisted the public prosecutor of Paris.
The evidence found in his phone helped lead investigators to his probable identity. Research on Visabio, a database of biometric data of visa applicants, have enabled the ” target “ an Egyptian 29-year-old unknown services of the French police, Abdallah El-Hamahmy.
” Why are they afraid of the State of islam ? “
according to the accounts of Facebook and Twitter attributed to this identity, the suspect would be part trading in Dubai, a football fan and married. His activity on Twitter is singularly intensified in the last 24 hours, with no less than ten Tweet exalted in the hour preceding the attack : ” Why are they afraid of the advent of the State of islam ? “, ” The State of islam defends his land and honor of the muslims “, ” They fight in the name of god and have no fear “, …
Its latest Tweet in Arabic posted on Friday morning at 9: 34, if it is well the author, seems to announce, as though confused, the tragedy to come : ” No compromise “, ” No way back “, “There is no peace in war “. A Tweet in English, the more strange, mingling with this logorrhée : ” You are not Donald Trump and more… from now on your official name is : Donald Duck ! “
On November 8, 2016, the assailant, residing in the united arab Emirates, had obtained from the consulate of France in Dubai for a tourist visa of one month. On the 26th of January, he landed in Paris with a return flight scheduled for February 5, and he moves in for a week, with 1 700 € in an apartment located in the 8e district of the capital. On the 28th of January, he bought two machetes in an armory in the Bastille district for 680 euros, paid in cash.
A search conducted in the apartment of the suspect resulted in the discovery of 965 euros, two cases machete, a passport, including visas to saudi Arabia and two visas for Turkey in 2015 and 2016, and a resident permit emirati. The investigations will have to ” to determine the motivations of the author, and if he acted alone or on the instruction “, said Mr Molins.
The forces of law and order, the targets of the EI
This attack, if his mobile terrorist just to confirm, points out to what extent the forces of order – referred to by eight attacks or planned attacks since 2013 – are a prime target of the jihadist movement. Between the murder of a military committed by Mohamed Merah in 2012, and the aggression of Friday, six attacks and two projects of attack, aimed specifically at police and military personnel.
On may 25, 2013, Alexandre Dhaussy stabbed a soldier at the Defense in Paris. Put in review, the young man will finally be declared to be criminally irresponsible, on November 5, 2015, due to its ” major psychological disturbances “. December 20, 2014, Bertrand Nzohabonayo was shot dead in front of the commissariat de Joué-lès-Tours (Indre-et-Loire) by the police that he had attacked the kitchen knife.
On February 3, 2015, a thirty-year-old native of Mantes-la-Jolie (Yvelines, france), Moussa Coulibaly, was attacked with a knife three soldiers in faction in front of a jewish community centre in Nice before being arrested. On July 17, 2015, three young people aged 17 to 23 years have been indicted, suspected of having wanted to attack the military camp of Port-Vendres (Pyrenees-Orientales).
The 1st January 2016, a 29-year old man had dark car on four soldiers posted in front of the mosque of Valence (Drôme). For the first time since the beginning of operation ” Sentinel “, the military had opened fire. It is the only attack targeting soldiers for which the qualification ” terrorist “, was not selected, no link could be established with the jihadist movement.
On 7 January 2016, a man was shot and killed by police officers while he was trying to enter a police station in the 18e arrondissement of Paris, brandishing a weapon. On June 13, 2016, Larossi Abballa murder for stabbing a couple of police officers in Magnanville (Yvelines). On 20 December, four French and one Moroccan were arrested in the framework of a project of attack on the military, the headquarters of the ISB or the 36, quai des Orfèvres.
One of their sponsors, the jihadist French Nile Shewil, had been sentenced in 2015 to have posted on Facebook in June 2013, the photomontage of a soldier patrolling under the Eiffel tower, an object bloodied planted in the neck. The comment theories about this, already, the attacks of the military and the birth of operation ” Sentinel “, at the beginning of 2015 : ” The jihad of individual depletes the enemy, hit their economy and punish it for its actions. And the military budget (which is already almost in crumbs) will be used for the defence of its territory. “
A man armed with two machetes attacked a patrol on the site of the Louvre, throwing on a soldier and shouting ” Allah akbar “. He has wounded one of the officers in the forearm.
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