A 26-year-old Afghan was arrested in the morning in Lyon city of France, according to the prosecution.
The individual, “armed with a long knife” according to Pierre Oliver, the mayor of the 2nd arrondissement, was arrested near the Perrache station. “The man was strolling in the rue Victor Hugo (2nd) a knife in his hand”, specifies the parquet floor of Lyon.
For the moment, few elements have been officially communicated. The man was taken into custody for “carrying a prohibited weapon and threats with a weapon”, and the investigation was entrusted to the Lyon judicial police.
There is nothing to confirm that the arrest has a link with the terrorist attack that occurred this Thursday morning in Nice. “The investigations concerning the motivations, the personality and the profile of the accused are currently in progress”, soberly concludes the prosecution of Lyon.
After the arrest of the accused, the terrorist trail seems ruled out.
The 26-year-old will undergo a psychiatric examination, was not known to the police services and did not seem radicalized.
The terrorist trail seems to have been removed. A day after the arrest of a 26-year-old Afghan national armed with a knife, the prosecution provided some information on the suspect.
The individual, who was strolling rue Victor-Hugo with his weapon, had just been sentenced to six months suspended prison sentence and a fine of 3,000 euros. The hearing was held on October 21. The young man was being prosecuted for having threatened and assaulted persons holding public authority.
The day before, he had gone to the prefecture of Lyon for an approach related to his residence permit. He had presented himself unmasked. The police, present at the entrance, then asked him to cover his face before he loses his temper, insults them and hits them.
Unknown to police
Arrived in France in 2014, the suspect had a valid residence permit, specifies Nicolas Jacquet, the public prosecutor of Lyon. “He was not known to the police services both in terms of delinquency and radicalization apart from a conviction for lack of insurance,” he adds, denying the information relayed by several media.
During his custody, the Afghan formally contested any violent intention explaining that his knife was to be used to “cut chocolate” and “to eat”, further specifies the public prosecutor. The investigations will continue based on letters rogatory to determine more precisely his background, his motivations and to provide more information on his personality, in particular through psychiatric expertise.
The man will be presented tomorrow to the Lyon prosecutor’s office for the opening of judicial information of the heads of the carrying of a prohibited weapon and threats with a weapon.