On April 23rd, in the French city of Rambouillet, an, initially unidentified individual, attacked a police officer with a knife.
The man shouted “Allahu Akbar” while doing so.
The attacker was killed. The victim died of her wounds. According to preliminary data, the attacker is a citizen of Tunisia.
Tabat, an al-Qaeda affiliated agency, praised the knife attack in Rambouillet, France. The propagandists say that the attack was carried out by “brother-fighter” Jamal Karshan.
It should be recalled that a few days before the terrorist attack in France, the al-Qaeda-linked cyber terrorist group Jaysh al-Malachem announced an award to everyone who kills a police officer in the “western countries.”
The Tunisian man who stabbed to death a police employee outside Paris watched jihadist propaganda videos just before the attack, France’s anti-terror prosecutor said on April 25th.
The 36-year-old attacker, identified as Jamel Gorchene, stabbed a woman who worked at the police station in Rambouillet, a suburb southwest of Paris, on April 23rd as she was returning from a break.
Racing into the building’s secure entry hall, he grabbed the victim from behind and stabbed her in the stomach and throat while yelling “Allahu Akbar”, Ricard said.
An officer in the building shot Gorchene after he refused an order to drop the knife, which had a 22-centimetre blade.
Investigators later discovered that he had watched videos of songs praising jihadist fighters on his phone moments before the attack.
It is likely that he, indeed, killed her because of the reward offered, but he will not be receiving as he was shot and killed.
This news of the disturbing reward was disregarded by most, if not all of MSM.
Meanwhile, the latest in a series of attacks finally caused significant public concern. Shortly after, a letter was published with many signatories, including Christian Piquemal, a former Foreign Legion commander who was arrested for taking part in an anti-migrant demonstration in 2016.
The letter warned of an incoming “civil war” since the threat of Islamic extremism is incredibly high in France.
A number of serving defence force members have signed the letter published in the right-wing Valeurs Actuelles magazine, which warned that “laxist” policies would result in chaos requiring “the intervention of our comrades on active duty in a perilous mission of protection of our civilizational values”.
“The hour is grave, France is in peril,” the retired generals wrote, adding that failure to act against the “suburban hordes” — a reference to residents of the mainly immigrant areas that ring French cities — and other unnamed groups who “scorn our country” will lead to “civil war” and deaths “in the thousands”.
Defense Minister Florence Parly warned that those still serving would be punished for flouting a law requiring them to remain politically neutral.
But she also appeared anxious to avoid giving too much importance to their outburst, assuring that the “immense majority” of French troops remained neutral and loyal.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said the government would present a new law to toughen anti-terror measures, including increased use of computer algorithms to detect potential terror threats among internet users.
“We are now dealing with isolated individuals, increasingly younger and unknown to intelligence services, and often without any links to established Islamist groups,” he told the Journal du Dimanche newspaper.
President Emmanuel Macron visited the police station in Rambouillet as well as the bakery owned by the husband of the victim, a 49-year-old mother of two teenage girls.
The latest violence targeting police is likely to heighten attention on the danger of Islamic extremism in France and on wider concerns about security and immigration a year ahead of presidential elections.
These new laws and crackdown are expected, but it could be too little, too late. After all, attacks such as this one are becoming somewhat regular, after a teacher was beheaded on October 16th, 2020. The teacher, Samuel Paty had shown the Charlie Hebdo’s 2021 cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad in a freedom of expressions class. As a result, Abdoullakh Abouyedovich Anzorov, an 18-year-old Russian Muslim refugee of Chechen ethnicity, killed and beheaded Paty with a cleaver, and was shot and killed by the police minutes later.
A social media campaign against Paty was linked to his subsequent murder.
Social media campaigns, especially al-Qaeda offering reward money for the murder of Western police officers, are encouraging the growing number of extremist attacks, especially today, when the situation in France, as well as in other European countries, is more fragile than ever.
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