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Police official injured after knife attack in Cannes: French Interior Minister

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A police official was injured after being stabbed with a knife in Cannes, southern France, and his assailant has been “neutralized,” said French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin on Monday.

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The suspect in the attack was of Algerian nationality and had an Italian residency permit, according to a report by Le Figaro newspaper.

The attack in Cannes comes as worries over violent crime and terrorism feature among voters’ main concerns, in the run-up to the 2022 French Presidential election.

“I am going to the scene immediately this morning and I offer my support to the national police and to the city of Cannes,” added Darmanin on his Twitter account.

BFM TV, citing a police source, said the attacker opened the door of a police car stationed in front of the police station, stabbing the policeman at the wheel with a knife.

He then tried to attack a second policeman in the car but a third policeman in the car fired his weapon, seriously injuring the attacker.

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