Several children stabbed in horrific attack in French playground
A devastating and terrifying attack.
A number of children were stabbed in a brutal attack by a man wielding a knife in the French Alps today, Thursday June 8th.
The horrific incident occurred at around 9:45 am this morning at a playground in Annecy, south-eastern France.
It was originally reported that eight children were injured but it has since been updated to four children and one adult. The kids are all said to be just three-years-old.
Sadly, police have reported that two of the children and the adult assaulted are all in life-threatening condition at a nearby hospital.
The Daily Mail reported that the attacker was a "Syrian asylum seeker" and was subdued by police shortly after the alarm was raised. He was arrested and taken into custody.
The Interior Ministry said Abdalmash H has legal refugee status in France after arriving in the country last year.
A video is circling social media showing the man being pinned up on a wall by police officers.
It also shows terrified parents running from the playground and screaming "run, run".
Witnesses at the scene said the knifeman began attacking the preschool children while they were playing and caused absolute "carnage".
Absolutely horrendous. My thoughts are with those injured, family, friends and the people of #France ????
— lorraine?? (@mansbrain) June 8, 2023
Praying for the victims' families.
One witness said: "The man was shouting in English, and caused absolute panic when he started attacking the little ones.
"He wanted to hurt as many people as he could. He caused carnage. The young children were just easy targets."
According to the Daily Mail, an investigating source said: "The attacker is a Syrian asylum seeker who has spent a lot of time in Annecy.
"He was in a park square when he started the attack at about 9.45 in the morning. He targeted children indiscriminately, and also wounded an adult."
French politicians, footballers and the current president took to social media to share their support for the victims and their families.
Local politician, Antoine Armand tweeteD: "We still know very little but all my support for the victims, relatives, law enforcement and rescue. With you in mind."