FRANCE — A man attacked passers-by on the streets of Toulouse on Wednesday while shouting, “Allahu Akbar,” then turned on the four police officers who attempted to restrain him, according to news reports which say that a total of seven people were attacked in the incident.
He was punching and kicking people on Avenue Frédéric Estèbe before police responded.
“We were chatting and he jumped on us,” recalled one witness. “He first caught my son and then beat my daughter. We just ran.”
The alleged attacker had been released from a psychiatric hospital in April, according to La Depeche. News reports say the man was 42 years old, but his name is not mentioned. He reportedly began beating shoppers in the French city at around 4 p.m. before police, who were already close by, swooped in to stop the attacks.
It’s reported that the man started to cry when the four officers finally were able to get him in restraints. An unnamed police official said the man yelled “Allahu akbar” when carrying out the attack, but because the man was unarmed, the incident is not being treated as terrorism-related.
Two civilians were taken to Toulouse-Rangueil Hospital with minor injuries, according to RTL. Three of the officers were treated by fire department paramedics. Additional police were sent to the area, which was brought quickly under control.
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Footage (below) shows the man being handcuffed and lifted onto a stretcher before being transported to the hospital.
The perpetrator is well-known to authorities, according to a report from the Jewish Press.
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