Man held over Paris soldier stabbing

AFP-JIJI

Police investigating the stabbing of a French soldier in Paris arrested on Wednesday a suspect sources described as an adherent of “radical Islam.”

“The suspected perpetrator of the attack on a soldier Saturday evening in La Defense (business district) was arrested this morning,” Interior Minister Manuel Valls said in a statement.

The statement said the suspect was arrested in the Yvelines, just to the west of Paris.

Sources close to the investigation said the 22-year-old man has been a follower of a “traditionalist, even radical, Islam for the last three or four years.”

The attack on Saturday in a busy underground shopping and transport hub echoed the grisly killing of another soldier in London, but authorities have not yet established a link between the two cases.