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The anti-terrorist prosecutor seized after attacking a military in Paris

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PARIS-A knife-wielding man attacked a soldier in the French capital on Friday before being detained, police said, in a case prosecutors are treating as an act of terrorism. The attacker died when the vehicle caught fire and no soldiers were injured.

The attacker lunged at the soldier at the central Chatelet metro station around 6.30 am (0430 GMT), making reference to Allah, a police source said.

The attacker approached the soldier from behind and threatened him with a knife while shouting slogans about the Islamic State terror group, reported French broadcaster BFMTV. Just last month on August 9th, Hamou Bachir attacked six soldiers on the streets of Paris by ramming them with his auto before being apprehended and arrested. The man was quickly neutralized by the soldier.

The French government had launched an operation called Sentinelle following the 2015 attack, where it deployed almost 7,000 troops across the country o guard high-risk areas such as tourist sites and religious buildings.

In France, several incidents have been reported in recent times when the police and soldiers of the nation were targeted.

France has been under a state of emergency since a series of coordinated attacks in Paris in November 2015 which left 130 people dead.

The incident has occurred when the country is still on high alert, following a string of terrorism associated attacks on France which began in 2015.

" The man has been mastered, this is proof of professionalism and efficiency of soldiers of "Sentinel" in this mission of protection, has responded to minister for armed forces, Florence Parly, on Europe 1".