Published: Tue, June 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Woman hurts 2 in south France with box cutter, is detained

Woman hurts 2 in south France with box cutter, is detained

Two people were injured in a town in southern France on Sunday when a woman shouting "Allahu akbar" (God is greatest) attacked two people in a supermarket with a boxcutter, prosecutors said.

Dressed in black clothes woman attacked a customer of the supermarket with a paper knife.

The prosecutor said: "We don't know whether this incident was a terrorist attack but it is terrifying because this man who was going about his business was attacked at a supermarket checkout till".

She was overpowered by a customer and two supermarket employees and was taken into custody. Both casualties were taken to hospital.

A cashier was also injured but hurt less seriously, French radio station Europe 1 reported.

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The 24-year-old attacker is known to police for a history of violent crimes, according to BFMTV, but allegedly not to the intelligence services.

The regional newspaper Nice-Matin, which first reported the 10:30 a.m. attack Sunday, quoted an unidentified witness who said other customers in the store stopped the woman from cutting anyone else.

France has been plagued by a series of terrorist attacks and has remained on high alert since 2015. The perpetrator may also be suicidal as she asked the police to kill her during the arrest, saying that she had nothing to lose, the prosecutor added.

The woman "was in a panic, she was afraid, she did not understand what was happening to her, she had no strength left", Sebastien said.

Last month a knifeman shouting "Allahu akbar" killed one person and wounded four others during a Saturday night attack in central Paris.

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