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Turkish teen allegedly stabs Jewish teacher in Marseille

Police officers provide protection in front of a Jewish school in Marseille after an attack on a local teacher, 11 January 2016
Police officers provide protection in front of a Jewish school in Marseille after an attack on a local teacher, 11 January 2016 AFP

A Turkish teenager who allegedly attacked a Jewish teacher with a machete Monday in Marseille has told prosecutors that he acted in the name of the Islamic State armed group.

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The 15-year-old ethnic Kurd assailant stabbed the victim from behind in the shoulder, prosecutor Brice Robin told a press conference.

The suspect "has the profile of someone who was radicalised on the Internet," Robin said.

"You get the sense that he does not have a full grasp of the fundamentals of Islam," he added. The teenager was never tracked by intelligence services and was a “good student” whose family was unaware of his radicalisation, he said.

Authorities said the stabbing was clearly anti-Semitic based on statements from the suspect.

He faces charges of attempted murder on grounds of religion and defence of terrorism.

The 35-year-old teacher, who was on his way to work at the Franco-Hebraic Institute when he was attacked, was left with an injured shoulder and hand.

France this weekend marked a year since terror attacks which left 17 people dead, including four people gunned down in a Jewish supermarket.

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