Attempted burning of a synagogue: included in the wanted persons file and armed… what we know about the man shot dead in Rouen

Attempted burning of a synagogue: included in the wanted persons file and armed… what we know about the man shot dead in Rouen
Attempted burning of a synagogue: included in the wanted persons file and armed… what we know about the man shot dead in Rouen

This Friday, May 17, a man was shot dead by the police while trying to set fire to the Rouen synagogue. Armed with a knife, he allegedly threatened the police officers. For the moment, there is little information to establish his profile.

A likely anti-Semitic act was prevented this Friday, May 17 in the morning. While a man tries to set fire to a synagogue in Rouen, he attacks the police who came to arrest him. Armed with a knife and an iron bar, he appeared threatening and was shot dead.

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For the moment, the identification of this man is in progress, and the national anti-terrorism prosecution does not yet know whether it will take up the case. As recalled The worldthe PNAT relies on different criteria to know whether the matter falls within its jurisdiction. “The profile of the author, his motivations, his ideological impregnation, his possible psychological fragilities and, finally, the existence or not of a claim”, details the evening newspaper.

A 25 cm knife

So many elements which will also allow us to establish a more precise portrait of the man shot dead by the police this morning. RTL claims for its part that the man is a migrant of Algerian nationality, aged 29.

Regarding the police version of the individual, the AFP, cited by The world indicates that he was “carrying an iron bar and a 25 centimeter knife.” He brandished this weapon and headed in the direction of the police.

According to video surveillance images, “this official used his weapon under the conditions permitted by the Internal Security Code”, specified Frédéric Teillet, public prosecutor of Rouen. He adds that an autopsy of the man shot by the police will take place this Friday afternoon.

Registered in the wanted persons file

The man suspected of having attempted to burn down the Rouen synagogue had been refused a residence permit and had been included in the wanted persons file for “a few weeks”, indicated the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin.

This man, who had requested in 2022 a residence permit for “sick foreigner”, had his appeal dismissed “at the end of January” 2024, said the minister. Initially, a Source close to the case indicated that the man was subject to an “unenforceable” obligation to leave the territory (OQTF), due to an appeal “initiated” before the administrative courts.

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