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A municipal policewoman was seriously injured Friday morning May 28 in a knife attack in La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, near Nantes. The suspect, who fled and was arrested, died, according to sources close to the investigation.
The man arrested died, we learned from sources familiar with the matter. He was arrested after an exchange of gunfire during which two gendarmes were wounded, in particular in the hand and in the arm. He had “a hybrid profile, radicalized and very heavy psychiatric patient”, indicated a source close to the file.
“The gendarmes neutralized the individual suspected of the knife attack of the municipal policewoman of La Chapelle-sur-Erdre”, confirmed on Twitter the Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin, who is expected on the spot. The policewoman, whose vital prognosis is engaged, was injured in the premises of the municipal police.
Some 80 gendarmes, including the GIGN branch in Nantes, had been deployed to find the perpetrator, as well as two helicopters, three dog teams and a squadron of mobile gendarmes.
Following the events at La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, I went there with @sarahelhairy.
Full support for all municipal police officers.
– Gerald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) May 28, 2021
The terrorist trail was not immediately confirmed. Contacted by AFP, the Nantes prosecutor’s office did not respond.
This attack comes a little over a month after that of Rambouillet (Yvelines), during which a police officer was killed with a knife in the throat by a man, shot dead by a police officer, in the police station.
“Cowardly and barbaric act”
“My thoughts are with the policewoman attacked this morning in La Chapelle-sur-Erdre and her family. The horror of this new aggression must lead to a national surge to protect those who protect us”, reacted on Twitter Bruno Retailleau, president of the LR group in the Senate.
“More than ever, the security forces must be supported by means but also protective legislative measures,” said former Minister François de Rugy (LREM).
Several members of the security forces have been killed since 2012 in France in attacks, most often committed in the name of jihad.
On October 3, 2019, a computer scientist working at the Intelligence Directorate, Mickaël Harpon, who has converted to Islam for ten years, stabbed to death three police officers and an administrative agent in the precincts of the Paris police headquarters. before being killed.
Previously, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the death in March 2018 of lieutenant-colonel of the gendarmerie Arnaud Beltrame, 45, fatally injured by the jihadist Radouane Lakdim in a supermarket in Trèbes (Aude) and of the police officer Xavier Jugelé in April 2017 on the Champs-Élysées.
In June 2016, a police officer and his companion, secretary at the Mantes-la-Jolie police station, were stabbed to death in Magnanville (Yvelines) by a man claiming to act on behalf of the Islamic State group.