Teacher in France Attacked by ISIS Sympathizers

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Tensions have been high in France and across Europe ever since last week’s ISIS-sponsored attack on Paris killed 129 civilians and wounded several hundred more. On Wednesday, a group of three alleged ISIS supporters violently attacked a teacher at a Jewish school in Marseille, France, stabbing him in the leg before fleeing.

According to a statement made by prosecutor Brice Robin to Reuters, the three assailants were riding scooters when they accosted the teacher on the street. “The three people insulted, threatened and then stabbed their victim in the arm and leg. They were interrupted by the arrival of a car and fled,” he claimed.

The attackers allegedly showed the victim an image of Mohamed Merah, a self-professed member of the al-Qaeda terrorist network who carried out a deadly 2012 killing spree in southern France. The victim also claimed that one of the attackers was wearing an Islamic State t-shirt. He suffered three stab wounds and was taken to the hospital for the treatment of non-lethal injuries.

French law enforcement officials have embarked on a nationwide manhunt to capture any ISIS members lurking in the country. Last week’s massacre has left the French public largely shaken, but the government has encouraged the citizens to carry on life as normal. Earlier this week, France coordinating with U.S. military forces to unleash a so-called “massive” airstrike on Raqqa, ISIS’s stronghold in Syria, targeting a training camp and a munitions depot.

In a controversial move, French President Francois Hollande announced that he would not shy away from France’s commitment to accept 30,000 Syrian refugees into the country, even amidst fears that at least one of the attackers posed a Syrian refugee to cross the border. “30,000 refugees will be welcomed over the next two years. Our country has the duty to respect this commitment,” Hollande promised, noting that each refugee would be subject to rigorous security checks.

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