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A 22-year-old man has been arrested in France in connection with a knife attack on soldier Cedric Cordier near Paris on Saturday, officials say.

The suspect, known as a radical Muslim, was detained on Wednesday morning in the Yvelines region, 45 km (28 miles) southwest of the capital, Interior Minister Manuel Valls said.

The “dangerous” man was traced thanks to evidence at the scene, he added.

French anti-terrorist investigators are handling the case, saying the soldier was targeted because of his profession.

Witnesses had earlier described the attacker as a bearded man of North African origin.

The man, named Alexandre, was monitored on security cameras and seen taking off his robe and running away wearing European clothes, officials said.

The stabbing took place three days after the killing of British serviceman Drummer Lee Rigby outside a barracks in the Woolwich area of London.

French President Francois Hollande said that while all theories would be investigated, there was no evidence to link the two attacks.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested in France in connection with a knife attack on soldier Cedric Cordier near Paris on Saturday

A 22-year-old man has been arrested in France in connection with a knife attack on soldier Cedric Cordier near Paris on Saturday

The suspect was a petty criminal known to police, correspondents say.

Speaking on French TV on Wednesday, Manuel Walls warned against jumping to early conclusions.

The minister said that although there were signs that the suspect may be linked to radical Islam, the investigation was still in its early stages.


“I remain cautious,” the minister said.

“We need to know more about his motives, his background, his family environment.”

Pfc Cedric Cordier, 23, was approached from behind and stabbed in the neck with a small-bladed knife in La Defense business district on Saturday.

The attack took place in a busy underground hall where shops and public transport lines converge in La Defense business district.

The victim was in a stable condition after the attack, police said.

France is on high alert following a threat from the North African wing of al-Qaeda, related to the country’s involvement in Mali.

The raised alert level is one of the reasons why soldiers are on patrol in central Paris and other high-profile areas, correspondents say.

Last March, soldiers were targeted by Islamist militant Mohamed Merah in the Toulouse area of southern France.

He shot dead three French paratroopers then attacked a Jewish school, murdering three children and an adult, before being killed in a police siege.

 

A man with a knife has stabbed 22 children and an adult at a primary school in central China, state media report.

The attack happened at the gate of a school in Chenpeng village in Henan province, Xinhua news agency said. It did not give further details of the extent of the victims’ injuries.

Police had arrested a 36-year-old local man, Xinhua added.

It is the latest in a series of attacks on schoolchildren in the country.

The Associated Press news agency quotes a police officer as saying that the attack happened as pupils were arriving for classes.

A man with a knife has stabbed 22 children and an adult at a primary school in central China

A man with a knife has stabbed 22 children and an adult at a primary school in central China

The agency also quotes a county hospital administrator as saying that the man first attacked an elderly woman, then the children, before being overpowered by security guards. He added that two of the injured pupils had been transferred to better-equipped hospitals outside the county.

Some of the attacks in recent years have been carried out by people who have lost their jobs or otherwise felt left out of China’s economic boom.

In 2010, a man slashed 28 children, two teachers and a security guard at a kindergarten in eastern China.

Security guards have been posted across China in response to the attacks.