French police opened fire in Paris today and seriously wounded a woman who, according to eyewitnesses, was threatening and shouting “Allah Akbar” on a commuter train, a police source and the prosecutor’s office in the French capital told AFP.
“The woman’s life is in danger,” the prosecution explained.
Police were alerted by passengers who called them to report that a woman with her “fully covered head and body” was “threatening” inside a train, which was in the suburbs at the time, the police source said.
According to those eyewitnesses, the woman “shouted Allah Akbar several times,” the police source added, noting that police were able to “isolate her” at the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand station in Paris, which was quickly evacuated.
The woman “refused to obey police orders” and threatened to “blow herself up,” the prosecutor’s office and a police source said. A police officer then fired once, seriously injuring the woman.
Two investigations have been launched into the incident. One, with which the judicial police of Paris has been charged with “death threats and an act of intimidation against a public official”.
The other was entrusted to the General Inspectorate of the National Police (IGPN) and aims to investigate the shooting by the police officer, as is done when a police officer uses his weapon.
After the murder of a professor in Arras, northern France, on October 13 by a young man who had a file for Islamic radicalization since February 2021, France raised the alert level.
The killing plunged France back into fear of Islamist attacks and prompted public authorities to step up anti-terrorist security measures in a context already characterized by fear over the fallout from the conflict between Israel and Hamas.