A man dressed in traditional Jewish religious dress and described in reports as a Rabbi has been hospitalised this morning after a knife attack by a man who was claimed to have shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he struck. The Jewish male reportedly avoided death as the knife narrowly missed vital organs as he was stabbed around 11:45 am today. France’s Le Journal du Dimanche (LeJDD) cites “several witnesses” who heard the “Allahu Akhbar” cry, and reports the comment of Strasbourg Rabbi Mendel Samama who visited the injured man in hospital, identified locally as a Rabbi called Mr. Levy.
Mr. Samama told the paper: “He is shocked, he is weak… He is aware there has been a miracle. He was hit in the abdomen. It went centimetres from a vital organ… we hope he will recover”. The victim is described as now being in stable condition.
The attacker is being held in police custody, and in common with a number of other apparently religiously motivated attacks in Europe in 2016 the perpetrator has a “psychiatric history”. Britain’s Mirror newspaper has reported French police have already discounted terror as a motivation for the attempted “Allahu Akhbar” slaying of the Jewish male.
LeJDD reports: “The perpetrator was also known for similar offenses, according to a source familiar with the matter”.