Feminine police officer killed in Islamist terror knife assault close to Paris
The 49-year-old administrative officer suffered cardiac arrest at the scene after cutting her throat
- Policewoman stabbed to death in Rambouillet district
- Terrorist shot by officers died of his wounds
- Terrorists reportedly shouted Islamist slogans during the attack
A policewoman’s throat was cut and stabbed to death in the Rambouillet district of the Yvelines region of France, about 60 km southwest of Paris. The policemen who spoke up at the scene shot the terrorist, reportedly a Tunisian citizen, who later died of his wounds.
The attack occurred around 2:20 p.m. local time when the suspect attacked the policeman with a knife and fatally wounded her. The responding officers opened fire and were able to arrest the suspect at the scene.
The 49-year-old administrative officer suffered cardiac arrest at the scene after cutting her throat. According to media reports, the injured woman succumbed to multiple stab wounds moments later after receiving emergency treatment on site.
Police sources later confirmed that the suspect had also died from his gunshot wounds. The French counter-terrorism police, SDAT, have started assessing the situation, while Paris region president Valerie Pecresse said that terrorist motives could not be ruled out.
Despite some reports to the contrary, police sources denied that the suspect, who was reportedly unknown to French intelligence services, was shouting Islamist slogans during the attack.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin confirmed the incident in a tweet, saying he was on his way to the scene in the town of Rambouillet, home to around 26,000 people and about 60 km southwest of Paris.