French prosecutors have opened a terror inquiry after a police employee was fatally stabbed by a suspected Islamist extremist as the employee walked into a police station in a Paris commuter town Friday.
The victim, identified by President Emmanuel Macron as Stephanie, was stabbed in the throat, two security sources told Reuters.
During the attack, the suspect allegedly shouted “Allahu Akbar,” an Arabic phrase meaning “God is great,” and was shot dead by police.
The suspect was a Tunisian national who lived in France with a residency card set to expire later this year.
France’s national anti-terrorism prosecutors said a terror investigation was opened to look into “the murder of a person holding public authority,” France 24 reported.
Chief anti-terror prosecutor Jean-François Ricard said the attacker’s words indicated a terror