Saturday, 23 January, 2016

Radicalised teenager attacks Jewish teacher with machete in France

A teenager who attacked a Jewish teacher in Marseille said he acted in the name of Islamic State Jewish teen attacked with machete in Marseille
Dana Christensen | 12 January, 2016, 00:49

A teenager who attacked a Jewish teacher in Marseille on Monday is a Turkish citizen of Kurdish origin who said he acted in the name of the militant Islamist group Islamic State, the prosecutor in the southern French city of Marseille said.

The 15-year-old ethnic Kurd rushed the victim from behind and stabbed him in the shoulder, then chased after him for a few meters until he fell, Robin said. The teen, who will turn 16 next week, confessed to investigators that he meant to kill police officers as soon as he was released.

"You get the sense that he does not have a full grasp of the fundamentals of Islam", he added. The counts being investigated were aggravated attempted murder due to the victim's religion and in relation with a terrorist enterprise; criminal terrorist association; and death threats on those holding authority, the prosecutor's office said.

The prosecutor, speaking at a news conference, said the attacker was known as a good student who appeared to have radicalized via the Internet without his parents being aware. For the prosecutor, "this is clearly an anti-Semitic assault" with a "form of premeditation".

The young man was reportedly mentally unstable at the time of the attack.

France has been in a state of emergency since the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015. On Sunday two churches were burned while a boar's head and hateful vandalism marked Perpignan's largest mosque.

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