Fatal Paris Stabbing Claimed by Islamic State

Macron says France will resist 'enemies of freedom'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 12, 2018 6:00 PM CDT
Fatal Paris Stabbing Claimed by Islamic State
A police officer helps evacuating residents after a knife attack in central Paris, Saturday May 12, 2018. The Paris police said the attacker was subdued by officers during the stabbing attack in the 2nd arrondissement or district of the French capital Saturday.   (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

President Emmanuel Macron said Saturday that France will not cede to "enemies of freedom" after a fatal stabbing attack in Paris was claimed by the Islamic State group, the AP reports. Macron tweeted his praise for police who "neutralized the terrorist" and his thoughts for the victims. In the attack, a knife-wielding man killed one person and injured four in a busy Right Bank neighborhood. Police say they killed a suspect. Counterterrorism authorities are leading the investigation of the attack.

The Islamic State group's news agency claims that a man who perpetrated the attack was a "soldier" of the extremist movement. The Aamaq news agency said in a statement early Sunday that the assailant carried out the attack in response to the Islamic State group's calls for supporters to target members of the US-led military coalition squeezing the extremists out of Iraq and Syria. France's military has been active in the coalition since 2014. Macron tweeted, "France is once again paying the price of blood, but will not cede an inch to enemies of freedom."

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