29 May 2013

Man arrested over Paris attack on soldier

10:05 pm on 29 May 2013

French authorities say a 22-year-old man has been arrested for attacking a soldier in Paris.

The soldier, who is in a stable condition, was stabbed in the throat by a man while on patrol in the business district of the French capital.

Interior Minister Manuel Valls said the suspect was detained on Wednesday morning in the Yvelines region, 45km southwest of Paris.

Anti-terrorist investigators are handling the case, saying the soldier was targeted because of his profession.

The man was monitored on security cameras and seen taking off his robe and running away wearing European clothes, officials said.

The stabbing took place three days after the killing of British serviceman Drummer Lee Rigby outside a barracks in the Woolwich area of London, the BBC reports.

French President Francois Hollande said that while all theories would be investigated, there was no evidence to link the attacks.

The suspect was a petty criminal and believed to be known to police.