A 36-year-old taxi driver has been identified as the man behind a knife attack outside Paris today in which he stabbed his mother and sister to death and seriously injured a third person.
Kamel Salhi, who had been on a terror watch-list since 2016, was shot dead by police after shouting ‘allahu akbar’ during the attack in Trappes.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack in the town 20 miles west of Paris, where more than 50 people have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight for ISIS.
Shortly after the attack, ISIS’s Aamaq propaganda agency tweeted that the man had heeded their calls to target ‘nationals of coalition countries.’
The attack took place just hours after ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was heard urging the terror group’s ‘holy warriors’ to continue fighting their enemies across the world, in a freshly released audio recording.
French officials are already downplaying this as a domestic issue, or just simply someone with mental issues. Since so many murderers, who happen to be Muslim, struggle with mental problems…Shouldn’t we get rid of people with “mental issues” as well?
I would think the mentally challenged would be marching by now, demanding that authorities stop blaming the Islamic terror attacks on them…
However, local police believe the attack may have been caused by a ‘domestic argument’, although his motive is not yet clear.
French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb arrived at the scene not long after the attacker had been shot dead, and described the 36-year-old as a ‘criminal who had significant psychiatric problems’.
Collomb said the attack is not being treated as a terrorist case for the moment, and added that the third person who was seriously injured was not a member of the family.
‘He was known (to police) for advocating terrorism but it seems he was a disturbed person rather than someone who could respond to calls for action from terrorist organisations like Daesh,’ he said, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.
He had since been earning a living as a taxi driver, while subject to an S for Security terror watch list, meaning he should have been monitored because of his radical views and behaviour.
Regular French criminal prosecutors are investigating the case rather than anti-terror specialists, Collomb stressed, although checks on the knifeman’s phone and computer were under way.
Mr Salhi had recently returned to his family home Trappes, after separating from his girlfriend in the nearby Val d’Oise department.
Following a conviction of ‘apologising for terrorism’ in 2016, which saw him end up on a police terror watchlist, he was fired from his job as a bus driver.