A Turkish teenager who allegedly attacked a Jewish teacher with a machete Monday in Marseille has told prosecutors that he acted in the name of the Islamic State armed group.
The 15-year-old ethnic Kurd assailant stabbed the victim from behind in the shoulder, prosecutor Brice Robin told a press conference.
The suspect “has the profile of someone who was radicalized on the Internet,” Robin said. “You get the sense that he does not have a full grasp of the fundamentals of Islam,” he added. The teenager was never tracked by intelligence services and was a “good student” whose family was unaware of his radicalization, he said.
Authorities said the stabbing was clearly anti-Semitic based on statements from the suspect.
He faces charges of attempted murder on grounds of religion and defense of terrorism.
The 35-year-old teacher, who was on his way to work at the Franco-Hebraic Institute when he was attacked, was left with an injured shoulder and hand.
France this weekend marked a year since terror attacks, which left 17 people dead, including four people gunned down in a Jewish supermarket.
After his arrest the teen confirmed he was the perpetrator and claimed to act “in Allah’s name,” and for Daech. Since then, he has continued to claim responsibility. According to prosecutors he stated he had no regrets, even saying he was “ashamed to not have killed him.”
“I regret nothing, I’m proud of myself,” he declared.