- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Moroccan-born man was arrested at a resort in southern France on Tuesday after a woman and her three daughters were severely injured in a knife attack.

TF1, a national French television channel, reported a 46-year-old woman and her three daughters, ages 8, 12, and 14, were taken to a hospital in Gap for treatment. The station said an attacker identified as Mohamed B., 37, “may have acted out of religious motives.”

Raphaël Balland, a Gap prosecutor, denied reports that the attack was prompted because the suspect was upset over “scantily dressed” visitors at the Alpine resort of Garde-Colombe.

The Associated Press earlier quoted Jean-Marc Duprat, a deputy mayor for the town of Laragne-Monteglin in the Hautes-Alpes region, who said the man was upset because the victims were wearing T-shirts and shorts.

“I wanted to quash the rumor currently doing the rounds because on no account did this man make such comments about the fact that the attack may have been motivated by the victims’ dress code,” Mr. Balland said, the U.K. Telegraph reported.

Edmond Francou, the local mayor, said he did “not to speculate about the motive of the attack,” the newspaper reported.

The condition of the victims wasn’t known, AP said.

Tourists at the resort were offered counseling.

Tuesday’s attack near Laragne-Monteglin comes less than 24 hours after an ax-wielding teenager in Wüzburg, Germany, screamed “Allahu Akbar!” and injured five train passengers.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack and posted a video of asylum seeker Muhammad Riyad, 17, pledging allegiance to the group. The Afghan refugee was killed my cops who arrived on the scene.


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