A French army doctor was stabbed 10 times in the throat while picking up his children from school, it was reported.
The unidentified 40-year-old doctor was attacked in Marseille in the early evening as he was returning to his car and a suspect has now been charged with attempted murder.
He had just taken his children, ages 3 and 7, when the 23-year-old suspect, whom police identified as Mohamed L, attacked him, reports Le Figaro.
Officials said the man told rescuers he was acting “in the name of God” but ruled out terrorism as a motive after searching his home.
The attacker was sitting on a nearby bench when he launched his attack and was disarmed by four bystanders.
He was later found with a Swiss Army knife in his possession.
After Tuesday night’s attack, the victim was taken to hospital, where he is in intensive care.
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin thanked passersby who disarmed
“A man was violently attacked with a knife in Marseille in front of a school in the late afternoon,” he said.
“The attacker was arrested. Thanks to passersby and the police for their quick reaction.”
According to reports, the victim is a radiologist who works at Laveran hospital.
A police source reportedly said the suspect’s parents indicated that their son was suffering from psychiatric problems in the run-up to the attack.
He had disappeared from the family home for 48 hours before he allegedly stabbed the doctor.
The attack comes after a crazed gunman shouted “We have to kill Macron” as he stabbed two people inside a church on election day in France.
A priest, Father Christophe, was stabbed 20 times and an elderly nun was stabbed in the hand trying to protect him from the frantic attack at the church of Saint-Pierre-d’Arène in Nice.
A 31-year-old Frenchman, born in Fréjus, is accused of approaching Father Christophe and triggering the brutal attack at 10 am.
A 72-year-old woman believed to be a nun was stabbed in the hands.