Police in Paris have shot today on a woman who allegedly made threatening remarks and shouted “Allahu akbar” on a train.
It is the latest security incident in the country that has been on heightened anti-terror alert since a fatal stabbing at a school, which was blamed on an Islamic extremist.
Police said officers opened fire after the 38-year-old woman didn’t respond to their warnings on the service near Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand station. It is believed she has stomach wounds.
Armed officers arrived at the station soon after 8.30 a.m., and the woman – who was dressed in an Islamic veil – “threatened to blow herself up,” said a source. She is also said to have shouted “Allahu akbar” – Arabic for “God is the Greatest”.
“Fearing for their safety, the police opened fire around 9:20 a.m. She was then injured in the stomach and evacuated immediately,” said the source. Police have since said officers made the right decision to “neutralise the woman”.
Officers responded after a train passenger phoned the emergency services and reported that a woman, who was wearing a face covering, was making threats. It wasn’t clear what threats she was making at the time. A Metro and suburban train station that serves the Francois Mitterrand National Library in eastern Paris has been evacuated, police said.
Earlier this month, a knifeman shouting “Allahu Akbar” at Gambetta High School in the city of Arras left one teacher dead and several other people injured as former Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal called for a Day of Jihad.