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Russian embassy requests citizenship data on attacker from French authorities

May 13, 13:06 UTC+3 PARIS

The knife attacker who was born in Chechnya, was in the police’s database of security suspects with propensity for radical Islamic actions, AFP said

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© Press Service of the Russian Embassy in France/TASS

PARIS, May 13. /TASS/. Russia’s Embassy in France has submitted a request to the French authorities for citizenship information regarding the man who killed one and wounded four other people in a suspected terror attack in Paris on May 12, the Russian embassy’s press attache in France Anna Shlychkova told TASS on Sunday.

"We have asked for information about this person and are expecting a reply from the French authorities," she said.

The knife attacker who was born in Chechnya, was in the police’s database of security suspects with propensity for radical Islamic actions, AFP said earlier on Sunday with reference to investigative authorities. He had been put on the list of security suspects for having ties with a person located in Syria, according to the data provided by investigative authorities. Meanwhile, no law violations were registered regarding the young man, BFM TV said.

The stabbing attack took place at about 21.30 in Paris’ second arrondissement where the city's opera and prestigious residential areas are located. The assailant was shot dead by police after carrying out the assault on Saturday evening. Initial reports said eight people were injured. Later, it became known that four people had actual knife wounds, while some others sought medical assistance for the state of shock. Two of those injured were hospitalized in critical condition.

The authorities are treating the attack as terror related, primarily because witnesses described him shouting "Allahu akbar", a refrain commonly used by jihadists when carrying out attacks, AFP said.

The Islamic State terrorist group (outlawed in Russia) claimed responsibility for the attack.

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