France: Man shouts 'Allahu Akbar', attacks two women

Two women assaulted in France by a man with a hammer who shouted “Allahu Akbar".

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Two women were assaulted in France on Friday by a man with a hammer who shouted “Allahu Akbar", Fox News reported.

In a separate incident, a knife-wielding man attacked a French soldier, according to the report.

In Chalon-sur-Saone, two women were injured when they were attacked by a man with a hammer. Onlookers said the man shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the incident.

Police said they were searching for the suspect.

Gilles Platret, the mayor of Chalon-sur-Saone, wrote on his Facebook, “The police forces launched a vast search operation of an individual who this morning committed two assaults on Chalonnais, wounding them with a hammer, which explains why a helicopter of the gendarmerie is currently turning over our town.”

The motive for the incident is not yet known.

Earlier Friday, according to Fox News, a knife-wielding assailant tried to attack a soldier in a large Paris subway interchange. The assailant was quickly arrested and no one was injured.

The Paris prosecutor’s office said counterterrorism investigators have opened a probe into the incident at the Chatelet station in central Paris, based on a preliminary examination of the attacker’s background and the method and target of the attack.

France has been under a heightened terror alert and has suffered numerous attacks in recent years.

Last month, at least six French soldiers were injured after a car rammed into them in Paris's Levallois-Perret suburb.

In February, a knife-wielding terrorist attacked French soldiers at the Louvre.

Last July, a terrorist rammed into pedestrians celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, killing 84 people and injuring over 100.

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