Police officer stabbed by female terror suspect linked to foiled Notre Dame attack

Published: 09 September 2016 Image credit: Reuters


A French police officer has been stabbed during the arrest of three female terror suspects linked to a car found with gas canisters inside, parked near Paris’ tourist-hub Notre Dame Cathedral last Sunday.

Wednesday’s anti-terror operation in a southern Paris suburb turned violent when one of the women stabbed an officer.

Police were forced to shoot her, leaving her severely wounded.

The three women arrested, aged 39, 23 and 19, were “radicalised and fanatical,” authorities said, and “likely preparing new violent and imminent [terrorist] actions.”

France has been in an extended state of emergency following a spate of recent terror attacks, including last November’s mass shooting that killed 130 people inside a concert hall and in eateries across Paris, and the horror truck attack in Nice that claimed 86 lives on Bastille Day.

On Sunday, Police discovered the Peugeot 607 outside the Notre Dame Cathedral, filled with cooking-gas canisters and documents in Arabic writing, with no number plates and with its hazard lights flashing.

There was no detonating device found inside.

Other suspects have been arrested in connection with the vehicle, including a man on the terrorism watch list and an associate of the car owner.

One of the women arrested in Wednesday’s operation was thought to be the car owner’s daughter; the car owner was also reportedly on an intelligence-watch list.

Authorities called the operation leading to the arrests “a race against time.”