A knife wielding man has attacked a French soldier outside a Metro station in Paris today while shouting Allah. The attacker approached soldier from behind and then lunged at him with the blade at Chatelet metro station at 6:30 Am this morning. The victim managed to wrestle him to ground and he was arrested by armed police as he shouted ISIS slogans. Unidentified man is said to have rushed at a patrol of soldiers wearing combat uniforms and brandishing assault rifles. ‘He was restrained, and nobody was injured’ told a source investigating the case on Friday morning. The man was taken to main Chateletpolice station and now faces a range of terrorist charges. It is the latest in a long string ofattacks on service personnel involved in Operation Sentinelle, an initiativeinvolving 10’000 soldiers and 4700 gendarmes and police. They were first deployed in November 2015 following a single night of violence by Islamic State suicide bombers that saw 130 people murdered in French capital. The soldiers’ job is to protect vulnerable areas ofthe capital, including transport hubs such as Chatelet, which is used by thousands of commuters and tourists every day. But many have complained that they are now easy targets themselves, with lone wolf attackers regularly trying to kill them. In January 6 Sentinelle soldiers were injured when a vehicle smashed into them close to headquarters of France’s anti-terrorism police unit in Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret. Two of infantrymen were seriously wounded, while attacker was later shot repeatedly following a manhunt and adramatic motorway chase. A few days earlier there was an attempt tokill a soldier at the Eiffel Tower by a 19 years old psychiatric patient who brandished a knife and pledged allegiance to Isis. In April, a 39 years old police officer was shot dead by an Isis supporter on Champs Elysee, while in February another knife attacker was gunned down in Louvre Museum complex after attacking an army patrol.

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