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Two Muslim Women Stabbed Near Eiffel Tower, Called "Dirty Arabs" By Their Attackers

Two Muslim Women Stabbed Near Eiffel Tower, Called "Dirty Arabs" By Their Attackers

The two White women who attacked them have been booked for attempted homicide.

Trigger Warning: The story has details of violence and murder that readers will find disturbing

Two Muslim women in Paris were repeatedly stabbed by White women near the Eiffel Tower earlier this week. Witnesses told authorities they heard the latter shouting "dirty Arabs" and "go home to your country." The racist attack on Sunday follows the chilling murder and beheading of a school teacher, Samuel Paty, 47, near Paris for showing a cartoon of Prophet Mohammed during a lesson. The stabbings are believed to have taken place after a dispute over dogs belonging to the White women escalated, according to a report in Al Jazeera. The White women have been booked for attempted murder while the two Muslim women were taken to a hospital and were treated for various wounds. Tensions in the country are on the rise following Paty's killing with many Muslims reporting increasing cases of Islamaphobia. The French government's crackdown on various Muslim organizations and mosques has also invited wide criticism from community members.

 



 

 

The attacked women are French citizens of Algerian descent. One was identified as Kenza, 49, while the other woman who is younger and wearing a veil was named Amel, according to a report in Metro.com. Investigators revealed that the former was stabbed six times and suffered a punctured lung while the latter was stabbed on her hands and required surgery. Kenza spoke to a local paper about the incident and said, "We were a family, five adults in all and four children. We had gone out for a walk. At the level of the Eiffel Tower there is a small, rather dark park, we took a little tour of it. As we walked, there were two dogs that came towards us. The children got scared."

 



 

 

She added, "My cousin, who was veiled, asked the two women if it was possible to keep their dogs with them because the children were afraid." They refused to do so and an argument ensued that also included racist insults. The dogs' owners then pulled out knives and attacked them. "One of the two took out a knife, she slashed me on the skull, on the back on the ribs and there was a third blow on the arm. They then attacked my cousin," said Kenza. It was only after two nearby shopkeepers intervened that the situation came under control. One of the attackers was held down till the police came while the other one was caught later. In a video of the attack captured in the park, the victims are heard shouting and screaming.

 



 

 

On Tuesday, the Paris Police released a statement that read, "On October 18, at around 8 pm, the police intervened following an emergency call from two women wounded by knives on the Champs-de-Mars’ – the Field of Mars by the Eiffel Tower." A source in the prosecutor's office added, "An investigation for attempted murder has been opened in connection with the stabbings." Meanwhile, the killing of the teacher has been called an "Islamist terrorist attack" by the French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron, according to BBC. The attacker was an 18-year-old man of Chechen origin who was born in Moscow. He was shot dead by the police when they tried to arrest him.

 



 

 

The victim taught history and geography at the town of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine and had conducted a class on freedom of expression. He showed the class some of the controversial cartoons originally published by the magazine "Charlie Hebdo" in 2015. The trial with regard to the publication of the magazine is presently ongoing. Paty had apparently told the Muslim students they could leave the classroom if they thought they might be offended. Some Muslim parents of the students at the school had complained to the school about the teacher showing the class the satirical magazine's cartoons. 

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