Teenager: Attack on Jewish Teacher for Islamic State

PARIS (Reuters) -
A French soldier secures the access to a Jewish school in Marseille 9th district, France, January 11, 2016 after a teenager, armed with a machete and a knife, wounded a teacher slightly before being stopped and arrested. The teenager who attacked a Jewish teacher in Marseille on Monday is a Turkish citizen of Kurdish origin who said he acted in the name of the militant Islamist group Islamic State, the prosecutor in the southern French city of Marseille said.
A French soldier secures the access to a Jewish school in Marseille 9th district, France, Monday, after a teenager wounded a teacher before being stopped and arrested. (Reuters/Jean-Paul Pelissier)

A teenage terrorist who attacked a Jewish teacher in Marseilles on Monday is a Turkish citizen of Kurdish origin who said he acted in the name of the Islamist terror group Islamic State, according to the prosecutor in the southern French city.

“He claimed to have acted in the name of All-h and the Islamic State, repeating several times to have done on behalf of Daesh (Islamic State),” the prosecutor, Brice Robin, told a news conference.

The 15 year-old, who was armed with a machete and a knife, wounded the teacher slightly before being stopped and arrested.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve earlier called the attack a “brutal anti-Semitic aggression.”

France has the highest Jewish and Muslim populations in Europe.