French soldier subdues knife-wielding suspect in Paris, police say

French soldier subdues knife-wielding suspect in Paris, police say

The soldier involved was with the Sentinelle force assigned to protect prominent sites after deadly Islamic extremist attacks in recent years.

Later on Friday, the Paris prosecutor's office said that counterterrorism investigators opened a probe into the incident, based on preliminary examination of the attacker's background and the method and target of the attack. The individual was not known to the police, the source added. The attacker turned to the patrolling soldier, uttering the words Allah is great.

The soldier is reported to have tackled his attacker to the ground before he was arrested by armed police, the Independent reports.

Recently, authorities said last month that six soldiers in Levallois, outside Paris, were hurt when a driver deliberately rammed into them.

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" The man has been mastered, this is proof of professionalism and efficiency of soldiers of "Sentinel" in this mission of protection, has responded to minister for armed forces, Florence Parly, on Europe 1". The suspect was arrested hours after the incident on a motorway in northern France.

The suspect apparently shouted references to the Islamic State group while attacking the soldier, Reuters reported, citing French media.

In April, a police officer was killed in a shooting on the Champs-Elysées. Police later said on Twitter that the attacker had been "neutralized" and taken to hospital.

France has been under a state of emergency since a series of coordinated attacks in Paris in November 2015 which left 130 people dead.

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