Knifeman on run after ‘slashing woman officer several times’ outside police station in France leaving her fighting for her life
A knifeman is on the run in France after stabbing a female police officer repeatedly inside a police station and then stealing her pistol.
The horrifying attack took place in La Chappelle-sur-Erdre, close to the western city of Nantes, shortly after 10am.
It follows a series of similar attacks across France, including a female police worker who was killed by an Islamist knifeman in the Paris suburb of Rambouillet last month.
Friday’s attacks saw the man ‘slash the woman officer several times with a knife inside the police headquarters,’ according to a local police spokesman.
‘The man then grabbed the officer’s pistol and fled the scene. He is being hunted by other officers,’ the spokesman added.
The wounded officer,who has not been named, was rushed to hospital with a ‘very serious thigh injury which could be life threatening,’ said the source.
Meanwhile, members of the elite GIGN tactical firearms unit were in Nantes, and trying to find the attacker.
There was no initial clue as to the knifeman’s motives, said the police spokesman.
The Rambouillet attack was carried out by a 36-year-old immigrant from Tunisia, who was himself blasted to death by police after killing the officer.
It followed six years of savage Islamist attacks in France, including the beheading of schoolteacher Samuel Paty by a Russian-born terrorist in October last year.
The deadliest single terrorist attack ever in the country came in November 2015 when 130 people were killed in Paris.
Suicide bombers pledging allegiance to ISIS targeted the Stade de France, cafes, restaurants and the Bataclan music venue, where 90 died.
Earlier in the year, two Paris-born gunmen linked to Al-Qaeda broke into the offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine, leaving 12 dead and 11 wounded.
In July 2016, 86 people were killed and more than 400 injured when a 19-tonne truck was deliberately driven into crowds on the seafront promenade at Nice, in the South of France.
The terrorist turned out to be a radicalised Tunisian immigrant who was shot dead by police.
During the same month, two Isis terrorists murdered an 86-year-old Catholic priest during a church service in Normandy.
There have been frequent knife attacks on the forces of law and order, leading to the deaths of serving police.
In October 2019, a radicalised computer operative working at the Paris Prefecture in central Paris stabbed four of his colleagues to death.
The attacker – who was also shot dead – turned out to be a Muslim convert who kept extremist Al-Qaeda and Islamic State literature and images on his computer.