In an incident in southern Paris, police officers opened fire on a woman who refused to comply with their orders, firing their weapons eight times, according to a source. The incident was initially reported by passengers aboard an RER suburban train in the 13th district of Paris. The confrontation with the woman took place at the Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand train station. The woman was heard shouting “Allahu Akbar,” which means “God is greatest” in Arabic. The source indicated that the police officers felt their safety was at risk, leading to the use of force.
The woman, who was shot in the abdomen, is currently in critical but stable condition after undergoing surgery in a hospital. According to Paris police prefect Laurent Nuñez, the woman may be a 38-year-old individual who, in 2021, had previously threatened security forces responsible for protecting sensitive sites in France from potential terror attacks. Following the incident, she had been interned on mental health grounds.
Notably, the officers involved in the shooting were equipped with body cameras, as confirmed by government spokesman Olivier Véran. This measure is part of ongoing efforts to enhance transparency in police operations.
Two investigations have been initiated by the authorities in response to this incident. One investigation aims to delve into the woman’s actions and background, while the other seeks to determine whether the use of firearms by the police was justified.
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This incident has occurred amid heightened tension in France, which is partly linked to the Israel-Hamas conflict. Earlier this month, a teacher was tragically killed, and two individuals were seriously injured in a school in northern France by an attacker who reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar.” In response, France raised its counter-terrorism security alert to the highest level.