A police officer targeted on Monday in a stabbing attack in Cannes was protected from physical injury by his vest, France’s interior minister confirmed as investigators evaluate if the incident was related to terrorism.
A male attacker attacked the officer outside of Cannes’ central police station. One officer was stabbed, but luckily wasn’t injured thanks to his ballistic vest, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said in an update on Twitter. To oversee the investigation, the minister flew to Southern France.
According to BFM, the suspect, who was shot and injured by another police officer at the scene, was identified as a 37-year-old Algerian citizen, who was not on law enforcement’s radar before the incident.
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Reports say that the attacker approached a station police car, stabbed one officer and then moved around to the back of the car opening the door and attacking another. A third officer, who was also in the vehicle at that time, shot him.
Some reports claimed the suspect said something about “the Prophet” during the attack. The incident may have been linked to terrorist activities, but investigators aren’t certain.
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