UPDATE: New details emerging in terror attack in Paris

Earlier today we reported on a possible terror attack outside of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France. The area outside the cathedral had been evacuated after a police officer was attacked with a hammer. The attacker was shot in the chest, and is now in the hospital.

As the attack came just three days after the attacks in London — when Islamists used vehicles and knives to kill seven — this incident naturally led to speculation that terror was the motive behind this attack as well. We also noted that in September of last year, three women radicalized by ISIS were arrested for a thwarted attempt near Notre Dame cathedral. A counter-terrorism unit in Paris quickly opened an investigation to see if this attack had any terror motive as well, and it would appear that it did.

According to the Daily Mail, the attacker was an Algerian student, and there’s now evidence he claimed to be an ISIS soldier and shouted ‘this is for Syria’ as he attacked a police officer.

The Daily Mail article continues:

Paris prosecutors opened a counter-terrorism investigation soon after the attack after the hammer-wielding Algerian said he was an ‘ISIS soldier of caliphate’, according to a probe source.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb says the attacker cried ‘it’s for Syria’ as he went after officers patrolling an esplanade in front of the famous landmark which was put on lockdown and is tonight being guarded by soldiers. 

Just yesterday ISIS released a statement said to be from what it called its Commander of The Believers in France to the crossed (Christians) French people.

It read: ‘O’ people of France, demand of your government to stop its campaign against the Islamic State, if not, we will conduct operations of invasion and horror as you have lived in the cities of Paris and Nice.

‘May peace be upon those who follow the guided message.

‘Soldiers of the Islamic State in France.’

How long will it be until Europe can go longer than a week without a terror attack?

[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. He is a co-author of the new book A Paradoxical Alliance: Islam and the Left, and can be found on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]

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