Paris knife attack suspect was on potential radicalism watch list

The Islamic State group’s Aamaq news agency said the assailant carried out the attack in response to the group’s calls for supporters to target members of the US-led military coalition squeezing the extremists out of Iraq and Syria. Aamaq did not provide evidence for its claim.

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© Provided by The Press Association A bullet hole near where a knife attacker was shot dead in central Paris (Thibault Camus/AP)

The young man who stabbed one person to death and injured four others in Paris was on a watch list for potential radicalism.

However, the alleged attacker, a 20-year-old French citizen born in the Russian republic of Chechnya, did not have an arrest record, according to a French judicial official.

He said the parents of the suspect, who was shot dead by police, were still being questioned after being detained at their residence in Paris’ northern 18th district.

A 29-year-old man was killed in the attack near the Paris Garnier Opera house and four people were wounded, including a man from Luxembourg.

Luxembourg’s foreign ministry said its injured citizen was given emergency treatment and is no longer in danger.

Interior minister Gerard Collomb said one of the injured underwent emergency surgery, and two friends were treated in hospital for less serious injuries, but all are out of life-threatening danger.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility..

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