Paris knife attacks confirm the new threat from IS

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One person was killed and four others wounded after a French national of Chechen origin went on a knifing rampage in central Paris on Saturday evening, in a terrorist attack claimed by the Islamic State group (IS). Khamzat Azimov, born in Chechnya in 1997, was shot dead by police minutes after he began stabbing passers-by on a street near to the Garnier Opera house. Mediapart terrorism specialist Matthieu Suc analyses here the reasons behind the changing strategy of IS-sponsored attacks in Europe, and in France in particular where they have claimed the lives of 246 people since 2014.

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A 20-year-old French national of Chechen origin, who was considered by security services as a surveillance target because of his interest in radical Islam, carried out the series of apparently random knife attacks in central Paris on Saturday evening, killing one 29-year-old man and wounding four other people, two of them seriously.