Henri, the "backpack hero" who faced the Annecy assailant

Henri, the hero with a backpack who faced the Annecy assailant

"Pray for the children, I'm fine," asks Henri, the "backpack hero", as he goes to the prefecture to be heard as a witness.

Thursday, June 8, around 9:30 a.m., a Syrian refugee armed with a knife sowed terror in a park in Annecy, the garden of Europe. We deplore 6 victims, including 4 young children.

Agence France Presse reports the first elements of the investigation according to which it would be an attack "without apparent terrorist motive".

"He is a Syrian who, in 2013, obtained asylum and a residence card in Sweden. Last Sunday, the notification was made to him that he could not have asylum in France, because he had in Sweden", explains Gérald Darmanin, Minister of the Interior and Overseas Territories, on Gilles Bouleau's set.

"He was regular on the national territory. Last Sunday, the police checked this person who washed himself in Lake Annecy since he would be homeless", he continues.

On social networks, videos of the attack are circulating. We see a man trying to intervene with the assailant in the park on several occasions, now called the "hero with a backpack" by Internet users. This is Henri, a Christian who is currently making a tour of France's cathedrals.

In his story on his Facebook account The Song of the Cathedrals, Henri immediately called for a "union of prayers for the victims of the Annecy attack".

Then he went to the prefecture to be heard as a witness. "Pray for the children, I'm fine," he said.

On social networks, messages of thanks are multiplying.

"Thank you for all your messages of support," said the "backpack hero" in story before adding, "I think especially of the victims and their parents. I hope they will get out of this".


Image credit: AFP/ AFP TV

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