Knifeman 'shouting religious slogans about the Prophet' is shot

Knifeman ‘shouting religious slogans about the Prophet’ is shot and wounded after attacking police in Cannes who were saved by their bulletproof vests

  • Knifeman is shot and wounded after attacking three police officers in Cannes
  • Threatened staff outside main Police Commissariat ‘in the name of the Prophet’
  • Investigating source says he ‘pulled open car door and started stabbing’ at 6am 

A terrorist inquiry was opened today after a knifeman shouting ‘religious slogans’ was shot and wounded after attacking three police officers in the French seaside resort of Cannes.

The attack happened shortly after 6am this morning when a so-far unidentified man threatened staff outside the main Police Commissariat in the town ‘in the name of the Prophet’.

An investigating source said: ‘He pulled open a car door and started stabbing. It was only thanks to officers wearing bullet proof vests that none of them were injured.

A file photograph of the main Police Commissariat in the French seaside resort of Cannes

‘The driver of the car tried to pull away, while another on the back seat of the car opened fire, and the man was severely wounded.

‘He had been shouting religious slogans referring to the Prophet throughout the attack. The knifeman is now in a critical condition in a hospital in Cannes.’

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin tweeted: ‘A policeman from the Cannes was stabbed and wounded.

‘The assailant was neutralised by his colleagues. I am going there immediately this morning and I give all my support to the National Police and to the town of Cannes.’ 

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin tweeted that a policeman was stabbed and wounded

David Lisnard, the mayor of Cannes, said one of the officers ‘responded with his gun’

And David Lisnard, the mayor of Cannes, said: ‘One of the officers responded with his gun. 

‘There are no deaths and the circumstances of the attack are being clarified.’

Both officials confirmed that specialist anti-terrorism magistrates were now leading the enquiry.

The shooting follows a series of bomb, gun and knife attacks carried out by Islamic State and Al Qaeda operatives in France, dating back to early 2015.

2015 — Soldiers evacuate victims after the terror attack in Paris in November 2015 which saw suicide bombers target the Stade de France, cafes, restaurants and the Bataclan

The deadliest single terrorist attack ever in the country came in November 2015 when 130 people were killed in Paris.

Suicide bombers pledging allegiance to ISIS targeted the Stade de France, cafes, restaurants and the Bataclan music venue, where 90 died.

Earlier in the year, two Paris-born gunmen linked to Al Qaeda broke into the offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine, leaving 17 people dead inside and three outside.

In July 2016, 86 people were killed and more than 400 injured when a 19 tonne truck was deliberately driven into crowds on the seafront promenade at Nice, which is just 20 miles from Cannes.

2016 — In July 2016, 86 people were killed and more than 400 injured when a 19 tonne truck was deliberately driven into crowds on the seafront promenade at Nice

The terrorist turned out to be a Tunisian immigrant who was shot dead by police.

During the same month, two Isis terrorists murdered an 86-year-old Catholic priest during a church service in Normandy.

And in October last year, three people were stabbed to death by a Tunisian immigrant in the Notre Dame basilica in Nice.

There have also been frequent knife attacks on the forces of law and order, leading to the deaths of serving police.

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