- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 29, 2013

French authorities Wednesday said police had arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with the attack in a Paris suburb at the weekend, when a French soldier was stabbed in the throat in apparent extremist attack.

Interior Minister Manuel Valls said on French television that the man was “known” to antiterrorism investigators, but urged caution in assessing the motive of the man — who has not been named or charged.

“I cannot talk about radical Islam,” Mr. Valls said, according to the New York Times. He added investigators were seeking to find out more about the suspect’s “motivation, background and family environment.”

The police said he was identified thanks to CCTV surveillance video footage from the crime in the busy transit hub west of Paris where the stabbing occurred, and traces of his DNA found on items left at the scene, including a knife and a bottle.

The attack on French soldier Cédric Cordiez Saturday follows another earlier this month, in which a British soldier was hacked to death on a London street by two converts to Islam who encouraged passers by to film them explaining their crime, which they said they had committed in order to start a “war” between Muslims and non-Muslims.

The attacks have stoked fears of a new wave of low-level Islamic terror attacks carried out by home-grown or self-radicalized individuals who may not be in contact with known terrorist groups.


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