Angrepet på Louvre fredag minner om et tilsvarende angrep på en politistasjon i Paris for ca ett år siden, da en mann utstyrt med en slaktekniv gikk løs på politifolk, skriver Telegraphs Rory Mulholland.
The Louvre incident was strikingly similar to an attack on 7 January 2016, when a Tunisian man brandishing a butcher’s knife and carrying a backpack assaulted officers on duty in front of a Paris police station.
Police shot him dead on the street outside the station, and later found a document among his belongings in which he had professed allegiance to the so-called Islamic State (Isil) terror group.
Den mannen het Walid Sahid og det som var en merkelig historie den gangen har idag langt mer kjøtt på benet.
Based on leaked documents and interviews with informants, the Munich Report revealed that German authorities knew in early 2015 that Walid Salihi, an 18-year-old Syrian who applied for asylum in Germany in 2014, was recruiting for the Islamic State at his asylum shelter in Recklinghausen, but they did nothing. Some six months later, a search of Salihi’s accommodation produced a shotgun. Salihi was not deported.
It later emerged that between 2011 and 2015, Salihi had used seven aliases to apply for asylum not only in Germany, but also in Austria, Italy, Romania, Sweden and Switzerland. He had also been charged in several countries with a laundry list of crimes, including physical assault, robbery and weapons offenses.
In February 2014, for example, Salihi was arrested for sexually assaulting women at a discotheque in Cologne. That same month, he physically assaulted a homeless man, attacked a random passerby and attempted to strangle a fellow resident at his asylum shelter. Police later traced his cellphone to downtown Cologne on December 31, 2015, when hundreds of German women were sexually assaulted by mobs of Muslim migrants.
Salhi var «all over the place» og valgte altså å avslutte livet med noe han visste var et selvmordsangrep mot fransk politi. Hvorfor akkurat 7. januar?
That incident came a year to the day after an attack on the Paris headquarters of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in which Islamist gunmen burst in and shot dead 12 people.
Datoen var neppe tilfeldig.
13.november eksploderte terroren i et megaangrep som har forandret atmosfæren i Paris.
That attack was also claimed by Isil, as were the gun attacks on cafés, the national stadium , and a concert hall in Paris in November 2015 that left 130 people dead.
Det som ofte oversees er de 400 sårede. Det gir en anelse om hvor mange mennesker terroren rammer.
I Nice snakker vi om flere tusen som var direkte berørt.
The wave of attacks continued in July last year when a Tunisian drove his truck into crowds in the city of Nice, killing 84 people.
Når man begynner å skrape i overflaten kommer mer informasjon til syne. Terroren har forgreninger over hele Europa.