French police shoot and injure an armed man in Metz

PARIS: Sunday shot and wounded a man who rushed towards a group of police with a knife shouting Allahu akbar (God is the greatest) in the eastern city of Metz, local officials said. The incident in Metz occurred only two days after a man was disturbed with a knife in the suburb of Villejuif just outside Paris on January 3, killing one person and injuring two. The Villejuif attacker was subsequently shot dead by police.

The Metz local prosecutor's office said he was in contact with the French anti-terrorism prosecutor's department for the incident, while French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner added that he was monitoring the situation closely. He praised the rapid thought of @ Police-Nat57 (Moselle police force), who intervened to stop the individual. An investigation is under way to determine the motivation and the precise circumstances behind the act, Castaner wrote on Twitter.

The Metz local prosecutor's office said the suspect was shot in the thigh. Then they took him. He added that the suspect, whom he did not name, was on an official list of those monitored for links with militant groups.