Teacher in Paris suburb assaulted by attacker citing Islamic State

PARIS -- French anti-terrorism authorities are investigating an attack Monday on a preschool teacher in a Paris suburb by a masked assailant with a box-cutter and scissors who mentioned the Islamic State group.

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The assailant remains at large, and the motive for the attack in the town of Aubervilliers is unclear, authorities said. It comes as France remains under a state of emergency after Nov. 13 attacks by Islamic State-linked extremists that killed 130 people.

In Monday's incident, an attacker in a ski mask and gloves arrived at the Jean Perrin preschool before class began and attacked the teacher with a box-cutter and scissors, said Philippe Galli, the top government official for the Seine-Saint-Denis region. No children were present, only the teacher and other staff members, Galli told reporters outside the school.

The assailant's identity remains unclear, and a manhunt is underway. French media reports said the teacher did not suffer any life-threatening injuries.

Anti-terrorism investigators are looking into the incident, Paris prosecutor's office spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said.

Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem also went to the school, and promised to ensure security at schools around the country.

"It's an act of great gravity," she said. "It is inadmissible."



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