On Thursday, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) strongly condemned a vicious stabbing attack in a park in Annecy, located in the French Alps region. This horrific assault on individuals, including children, has resulted in multiple critical injuries.
A statement issued by the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) highlighted the country’s adamant condemnation of such heinous acts.
The ministry stressed the UAE’s steadfast opposition to all forms of violence that jeopardize security, and stability, and violate the principles of human dignity and value.
It also extended its deepest condolences to the French government, the French populace, and the families affected by this appalling crime. Alongside their sympathies, they expressed hopes for a swift recovery for all those injured in the incident.
The peaceful French mountain town of Annecy was rocked on Thursday when four toddlers and two elderly individuals fell victim to a stabbing attack. The suspected perpetrator, now in police custody, is reportedly a Syrian national who had received asylum in Sweden a decade ago.
Among the victims, two children and one adult are currently in hospital, fighting for their lives. The remaining victims suffered less severe injuries.
French Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, revealed that the suspect, a 31-year-old Syrian national, had legally entered France. He was carrying Swedish identity documents and a Swedish driving license at the time of his arrest.
Leading the investigation, the local prosecutor clarified there’s no evidence suggesting the assault was motivated by terrorism. The assailant is being investigated for attempted murder.
Line Bonnet-Mathis, the Annecy prosecutor, disclosed that the young victims, aged between 22 months and three years, included one British and one Dutch national.
As per the reports, the attacker, wearing a blue-chequered headscarf and sunglasses, was confronted by a bystander who tried to impede the assailant by throwing his backpack at him.