“After the attack, he ran into a house to hide. He left shortly afterward and threatened police before being neutralized,” police said. He was known to police for expressing extremist views. The two people killed were the man’s mother and sister. The third victim was a female passerby who was seriously wounded. Some reports say the man threatened to kill police and shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest” in Arabic) before he was shot.
“The profile of the assailant is more that of an unbalanced psychiatric background than that of a committed person responding to the orders of a terrorist organization,” French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb wrotte on Twitter. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack despite having no clear link to the attacker. The attacker was on the File for the Prevention of Terrorist Radicalization, a targeted watch list which focuses on would-be jihadists. Authorities however are not treating the incident as a case of terrorism. The matter may have been a family dispute. France has been on constant alert for jihadist terrorist attacks since the Paris attacks of 2015.