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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

France: Iranian suspected of stabbing rabbi, son in Paris

A rabbi and his son were attacked at knife-point Tuesday morning in Paris, French newspaper Le Monde reported.

The rabbi, in his fifties, and his 18-year-old son were attacked, suffering stab wounds to the neck, while traveling from a synagogue after morning services in the city's ninth arrondissement, the report stated.

According to the report, the assailant was a recently escaped patient from a psychiatric hospital who was allegedly born in Tehran, but whose nationality was not initially indicated.

Witnesses reportedly suppressed the perpetrator until police arrived and arrested him.

Authorities were investigating possible anti-Semitic motives behind the attack, though exact reasons for the attack were unconfirmed.

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