Police are hunting for a bearded man about 30 years old and possibly of North African origin who fled into a crowded train station after attacking the 23-year-old soldier from behind with a knife or a box-cutter on Saturday.
Interior Minister Manuel Valls tasked a Paris anti-terror unit with the investigation. He said on Saturday night that the attack’s spontaneous nature recalled the daytime murder of a British soldier Lee Rigby on May 22 by two men shouting Islamist slogans.
Police union UNSA spokesman Christophe Crepin said there were similarities with the London attack.
“I think this person wanted to imitate what happened in London,” he told Itele television, echoing France’s defense minister who said earlier…
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