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The incident took place in Rambouillet, a town in the Yvelines region which is part of France’s Île-de-France area.
A knife-wielding man has attacked a female police officer at a department outside Paris.
The 49-year-old victim died of her wounds, according to the local prosecutor’s office which added that the attacker has been neutralised and later died of injuries he had received during detention.
The attacker was a 36-year-old man of Tunisian origin, police added.
Prime Minister Jean Castex, who visited Rambouillet after the attack, tweeted his condolences to the family of the murdered policewoman.
“The Republic has just lost one of its everyday heroines, in a barbaric gesture and infinite cowardice. To her loved ones, I want to express the support of the entire nation. To our security forces, I want to say that I share their emotions and indignation.”
La République vient de perdre l’une de ses héroïnes du quotidien, dans un geste barbare et d’une infinie lâcheté.
À ses proches, je veux faire part du soutien de la Nation tout entière.
À nos forces de sécurité, je veux dire que je partage leur émotion et leur indignation.
— Jean Castex (@JeanCASTEX) April 23, 2021
Castex also called the attack a terrorist act and said that the country’s anti-terrorism prosecutor’s department has launched an investigation into the incident.
French President Emmanuel Macron took to Twitter to say that his country will not surrender in the war on terror.
“She was a police officer. Stéphanie was killed in her police station in Rambouillet, in the district of Yvelines which has already seen its share of tragedy. The Nation stands with her family, colleagues and law enforcement. In the fight against Islamist terrorism, we will not yield anything.”
Elle était policière. Stéphanie a été tuée dans son commissariat de Rambouillet, sur les terres déjà meurtries des Yvelines. La Nation est aux côtés de sa famille, de ses collègues et des forces de l’ordre. Du combat engagé contre le terrorisme islamiste, nous ne céderons rien.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 23, 2021
The French Interior Minister has announced the strengthening of security measures at police stations across the country after the attack in Rambouillet.
According to François Bersani, a spokesman for Unité SGP Police FO, the attacker cried “Allahu Akbar”.
Commissariat de Rambouillet (78) : attaque au cri de « Allahu Akbar », une fonctionnaire morte égorgée, Darmanin en route.
L’homme aurait des papiers Tunisiens sur lui.
— Jeanne (@D4rc_) April 23, 2021
Reuters reported, citing a police source, that the attacker did not shout Islamist slogans during the assault.
However, terrorist motives cannot be ruled out in the Rambouillet knife attack, the Paris region president Valerie Pecresse told BFMTV.
Watch Sputnik’s broadcast from the scene of the attack.