In Metz, three people taken into police custody after the stabbing attack on Monday

Police officers inspect a vehicle at the site of a knife attack in which 5 people were injured in the Borny district of Metz on June 17, 2024. JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN / AFP

Suspected of being involved in the stabbing attack which left five people injured in Metz on Monday, three people were arrested and placed in police custody on Tuesday June 18 at the end of the afternoon, announced to the Agence France-Presse (AFP) the public prosecutor, Yves Badorc.

Among the five injured, two were seriously injured, but the prosecution announced on Monday evening that their lives were no longer in danger. The facts occurred around 10:30 a.m. Monday near a convenience store in the Metz-Borny district. The prosecution quickly ruled out the terrorist trail and cited a context of extortion.

An investigation was opened on the charge of attempted murder and entrusted to the interdepartmental judicial police service (SIPJ) of Metz.

“The mini-market is the object of covetousness given its location: it is located in a very busy place, it is well placed, whether for legal or illegal commerce”a police source explained to AFP, adding anonymously that “fights recur regularly to control the street or the neighborhood. »

Classified as a priority district, Borny was hit hard during the riots that occurred at the beginning of summer 2023 after the death of young Nahel, killed in Nanterre during a police check. The media library and the local town hall were set on fire.

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