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Published On: Sat, May 25th, 2013

French soldier stabbed in neck while on patrol, targeted because of his service

A French soldier patrolling a business neighborhood west of Paris has been stabbed in the neck by a man who quickly fled the scene and is being sought by police, President Francois Hollande said.

The soldier, age 23, was patrolling in uniform with two other men as part of France’s Vigipirate anti-terrorist surveillance plan when he was approached from behind and stabbed in the neck with a knife or a box-cutter.

The man was part of the attack in Britain, targeting and killing a soldier. Now there's been a similar attack in France

The man was part of the attack in Britain, targeting and killing a soldier. Now there’s been a similar attack in France

Hollande, in the Ethiopian city of Addis Ababa, commented on the stabbing to say that the man was still on the run and police were exploring all leads.

“We still don’t know the exact circumstances of the attack or the identity of the attacker, but we are exploring all options,” Hollande told journalists.

Pierre-Andre Peyvel, police prefect for the Hauts-de-Seine area, said the soldier had lost a considerable amount of blood but would survive, and was being treated in a nearby military hospital.

“The wound appears to be quite serious, but it’s not life-threatening,” he told iTele news television.

Peyvel said the man was able to flee into a crowded shopping area in the La Defense business neighborhood before the two other soldiers, who were walking in front of him, were able to react.

The suspected attacker was a bearded man of North African origin about 30 years old, and was wearing an Arab-style garment under his jacket. Peyvel declined to confirm or deny that description and said further details about the attacker’s identity would be forthcoming.

“The aim was to kill the soldier because he was a soldier,” Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told CNN affiliate BFMTV. The attacker wanted “to kill a soldier who is in charge of French security,” he said.

The attack came days after a British soldier was killed on a London street by two men who said they were acting out of revenge for violence against Muslims.

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