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Attack of Villeurbanne: a suspect "confused", the terrorist track for the moment discarded

2019-09-01T17:29:17.279Z

The prosecutor of the Republic of Lyon on Sunday described a suspect with the words "incoherent and confused" after the knife attack that made a victim in Villeurbanne the day before. The terrorist track has been ruled out for the time being.



The suspect of Saturday's knife attack in Villeurbanne made "confusing" remarks to the investigators, assuring notably that votes had led him to perpetrate his act, which notably cost the life of a 19-year-old.

"Due to the personality of the respondent and in the absence of elements allowing to directly attach his passage to the act to a terrorist enterprise", the National Anti-Terrorist Office (PNAT) has not been seized at this stage said Sunday, September 1 before the press the public prosecutor of Lyon, Nicolas Jacquet.

The 30-year-old Afghan admitted "partially the facts", but said "incoherent and confused" while in police custody, saying "he heard voices insulting God and giving him the order to kill, "he said.

Without a criminal record, the suspect, holding a temporary residence permit valid until January 2020 and calling himself Muslim, had consumed a large amount of cannabis before the attack, added the prosecutor.

As for the assessment, "heavy" insists the prosecutor: the vital prognosis is no longer engaged for three seriously injured injured even if two of them are still hospitalized. In all, a 19-year-old Savoyard was killed and eight were wounded.

"Paranoid delusions"

The investigation now focuses on the suspect's personality and his background. A search conducted Saturday at his home - a shelter for refugees Vaulx-en-Velin - did not allow to "appear any radicalization."

A first psychiatric evaluation carried out during the custody revealed "an invading psychotic state with paranoid delusions with multiple themes including those of mysticism and religion," the prosecutor further detailed.

Throughout his journey, the man was spotted under "two identities with three dates of birth", indicating that he would be 33, 31 or 27 years old. He first entered France as a miner in 2009, then again in June 2016. In the meantime, he has successively been recorded in Italy (2014), Germany (2015) and Norway (2016).

Around 16:30 Saturday, the suspect armed with a knife and a barbecue fork "began to stab in all directions" in front of a bus stop, according to a young girl interviewed by AFP can after the facts.

It was thanks to the intervention of passers-by that he could be apprehended as he was heading towards the subway entrance.

With AFP

Source: france24

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