Attack in Paris: “We pray for our country”


On Saturday, a knife-wielding terrorist killed a tourist and injured two near the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The assailant, known for radical Islamism and psychiatric disorders, has since been in police custody. Following this tragedy, the National Council of Evangelicals of France says it prays for our country “so that peace fills hearts”. 

Saturday, December 2, Armand Rajabpour-Miyandoab, a 26-year-old Franco-Iranian, stabbed to death a young 23-year-old tourist who had dual German and Filipino nationality. The assailant, who was arrested, also injured two people with a hammer, a 66-year-old British man and a 60-year-old Frenchman.

The attack took place in the 15th arrondissement of Paris, near the Eiffel Tower. The national anti-terrorism prosecutor's office has indicated that it is taking charge of the investigation.

This Monday, the communications director of the National Council of Evangelicals of France (CNEF), Romain Choisnet, spoke of this drama under the #attack on X (former Twitter). He wrote that evangelicals pray "for our country, for these moments of mourning and suffering that it is going through, for peace to fill hearts." 

Armand Rajabpour-Miyandoab was listed for Islamist radicalization after being sentenced to five years in prison for criminal conspiracy to prepare an act of terrorism, following a planned violent action in 2016 in the neighborhood Defense Affairs. 

The anti-terrorism prosecutor, Jean-François Ricard, indicated on Sunday during a press conference that the suspect's mother had indicated at the end of October her concern about the behavior of her son, who "withdrew into himself". 

It also reported that the radical Islamist, known to have psychiatric disorders, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group in a video before his action. 

Speaking in Arabic in this video, the Franco-Iranian provided “his support for the jihadists acting in different areas”. 

According to a “source close to the investigation”, the perpetrator “fully accepts and takes responsibility for his actions” and “everything suggests that he acted alone”. During his police custody, still ongoing this Monday, he said he acted in "reaction to the persecution of Muslims around the world" and appeared "very cold and clinical and disembodied", added this source.

Camille Westphal Perrier (with AFP)

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