On Sunday evening, two “European-looking” women stabbed two Muslim women in Paris after reportedly shouting racist insults.
French police opened an attempted murder investigation after arresting the two suspects.
The incident occurred on Sunday evening at the Champ de Mars Park, near the Eiffel Tower. The two victims, Kenza and Amel, were walking with two female cousins and four children when they entered into a disagreement with the suspects.
The argument quickly escalated and the attackers allegedly shouted racist and Islamophobic slurs before stabbing the victims.
The youngest victim, Amel, was stabbed “multiple times” and underwent surgery, but is currently in stable condition. The second victim, Kenza, sustained six stabs that ruptured her lungs. She is still receiving treatment, but her condition is not critical, according to French media.
The attackers are in detention as France conducts its investigation into the case.
The incident only came to light after a French internet user shared a video documenting the disagreement leading to the attack. He also shared a message reportedly sent by a victim’s sister. “We have been victims … of racism. We are French of Algerian origin, veiled. We were a family of nine people, including four children and four women. We were walking in Paris when two ‘European-looking’ women attacked us and stabbed my sister and cousin,” the message said.
The attack, which occurred two days after an extremist beheaded a teacher in Paris for reportedly showing his students caricatures of Prophet Muhammad, led to much speculation about its motives.
(morocco world news)