Elderly Jewish man stabbed in French city

Elderly Jewish man stabbed in French city
2 min read
19 August, 2016
A Jewish man was attacked by a man with mental health problems in Strasbourg amid conflicting claims about whether there was an extremist motive.
France has witnessed a string of attacks in last year and a half [Getty]
A Jewish man wearing a kippa skullcap was stabbed in the eastern French city of Strasbourg on Friday by a man.

The assailant was promptly arrested, police and Jewish community sources said, amid claims that he shouted "Allah Akbar" (God is Greatest) before the attack.

The victim - who is in his sixties - was stabbed in the abdomen outside his home in the city's Jewish quarter, Strasbourg's chief rabbi Rene Gutman told AFP.

His injuries were not life-threatening, Gutman added. Police have not commented on the motive for the attack but police said the man has a history of mental health issues.

Gutman also said the suspect had previously attacked a member of the local Jewish community in 2010.

Condemning the attack, he said it "in no way reflects the prevailing climate in Strasbourg", which has a large Jewish community.

The local prosecutor's office confirmed the arrest and said an investigation had been launched.

The attack comes as France reels from a string of militant attacks in the past year-and-a-half.

It began in January 2015 with killings in Paris at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket.

Since then, Islamic State group have claimed repsonsibility for a string of attacks in the country.

This includes multiple murders in Paris nightspots last November, a horrific lorry attack on pedestrians in Nice on Bastill Day in July, and the beheading of a priest in Normandy shortly after.