Tuesday, June 14, 2016
A TEENAGE girl has been stabbed by a man as a Ramadan sacrifice, according to authorities.
The girl was reportedly stabbed in Rennes, France, by an attacker marking the Islamic month of fasting.
Prosecutor Nicolas Jacquet confirmed the attack today, in which the 19-year-old victim sustained three stab wounds.
He said the man, who had known psychiatric problems, claimed he heard voices demanding a sacrifice for Ramadan.
"Voices told him that he must commit a sacrifice on the occasion of Ramadan," the prosecutor said.
The knifeman was arrested, examined by a doctor and immediately sent for psychiatric treatment.
Mr Jacquet added that the 32-year-old had “already made several stays in psychiatric hospitals”.
Le Dauphine writes that the man told a witness to whom he handed the knife that he was a Muslim.
The man was overpowered by bystanders according to Rennes magazine Le Mensuel, which cites another witness.
The girl was stabbed twice in the wrist and once in the abdomen, but reports indicate her injuries are not life-threatening.
She is a first year preparatory student at the city’s Lycée Chateaubriand, and was waiting for a bus outside it when the attack unfolded.
An investigation has been opened for attempted homicide. The stabbing took place at 4pm local time (3pm GMT).
It’s the second stabbing to rock France in as many days after the murder last night of a Paris policeman and his wife.
Larossi Abballa allegedly murdered Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and his wife Jessica in an attack for which ISIS has claimed responsibility.