Paris (AFP) – A person being held after a knife assault that injured seven individuals alongside a canal in Paris was not below the affect of medicine on the time, a authorized supply informed AFP on Tuesday.
The suspect, believed to be an Afghan citizen in his 30s, was described by witnesses as appearing drugged when he started placing individuals with a knife and iron bar on the Canal de l’Ourcq late Sunday.
Two British vacationers and an Egyptian customer have been amongst these injured, and three individuals have been nonetheless in hospital as of Monday night, together with one in essential situation, a supply near the inquiry stated.
The attacker was lastly overpowered by bystanders, a few of whom tried to cease him by throwing petanque balls.
“He gave the impression to be on one thing. He undoubtedly did not appear regular. He had a clean look… He did not say something. Even once we hit him, he did not shout,” one witness, Hamani Bouadjema, informed AFP.
However blood exams of the suspect, who was nonetheless in hospital as of Tuesday, didn’t reveal any traces of drug use, the authorized supply stated.
Though vacationers have been among the many targets, “nothing at this stage suggests a terrorist assault”, one other supply stated.
France has been on excessive alert following a string of jihadist assaults in recent times, usually by individuals who have change into radicalised or declare to have acted within the title of the Islamic State group.
Greater than 240 individuals have been killed by Islamist extremists since a bloodbath on the Charlie Hebdo satirical journal in Paris in January 2015.