Terrorism ‘considered’ after police officer stabbed in French city of Cannes

A police officer was stabbed with a knife in the southern French city of Cannes, according to France’s interior minister.

The officer was attacked at the wheel of a vehicle and was saved thanks to his bulletproof vest, police sources told AFP.

The attack occurred around 06:30 on Monday morning in front of Cannes’ main police station.

Police sources say a man opened the door of a parked police vehicle and stabbed an officer in the chest before attempting to attack the other police officer in the car.

Another police officer then shot and seriously injured the attacker with their weapon.

Terrorism has not yet been ruled out as a possible motivation but the anti-terrorism prosecutor has not yet been put in charge of the investigation.

A police source told AFP the attacker is a 37-year-old Algerian national who held an Italian residency permit.

France’s Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, who visited the scene, said the suspect was not previously known to the police and intelligence services.

Eric Ciotti, a French representative from the Alpes-Maritimes region who is also running for president, called it a “terrorist attack”.

“All my best wishes for a speedy recovery to the policewoman and police officers injured at the Cannes police station during a terrorist attack,” Ciotti wrote, as he travelled to the scene.

Read the full article at: euronews.com

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