The French-language news site BFMTV reported that six people were injured, including four children, in the knife attack near Lake Annecy in France. Two of the victims are a brother and sister, according to the site.
The disturbing video shows the suspect with a knife in hand running around a playground. A woman fends him off in the video, which you can watch later in this article. Be aware that it’s disturbing, however.
Daily Mail reported the suspect’s name as Abdalmash H. but did not provide a surname. CNews, a French language site, also reported the suspect’s name but gave it as Abdalmasih H.
Here’s what you need to know:
The France Playground Stabbing Suspect, Abdalmasih H., Identified Himself as a ‘Christian From Syria,’ Reports Say
According to BFMTV, the suspect “is a Syrian, who has refugee status in Europe and declared himself a ‘Christian from Syria.'”
CNews reported that the suspect “is an asylum seeker of Syrian origin, born in 1991 and who entered French soil regularly in 2022.” He is “currently in police custody,” and “had obtained refugee status in Sweden,” C News reported, adding that he possessed a Syrian identity card.
A prosecutor told the French news site that “the motivations of the assailant remain to be determined” and said there was “no apparent terrorist motive.”
Questions were raised about his mental health, according to BFMTV. “This man is obviously not in his normal state, he is rolling on the ground, he refuses to answer questions,” the site reported. “The question arises whether his psychological state is compatible with police custody. He will be seen by a psychologist to answer this question.”
More Videos Emerged of the France Playground Attack
Videos emerged from the scene showing different vantage points of the France playground attack.
According to the French language site CNews, a 2-year-old boy and his older sister “were injured and evacuated to the Annecy Genevois hospital center.”
The site reported that a 70-year-old man who was sitting on a bench suffered a knife wound to the neck, and a 3-year-old girl from England was also taken to the hospital with a stab wound.
A 22-month-old German Boy was also injured, CNews reported.
According to CNews, the suspect came to France from Sweden and is under arrest. CNews reported that On June 4, 2023, Abdalmasih H., “had seen his application for refugee status in France be deemed inadmissible by the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (Ofpra) since he already had this status in Sweden.”
According to CNews, the suspect has a family in France and married a Swedish woman, having a child with her. Sky News reported that both are studying to be nurses, and the suspect has a child around the age of a child attacked.
He was not known to French security forces and has no criminal or psychiatric history, according to the British publication Sky News.
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