Connect with us

Syrian Refugee Stabs Adults, Children At French Playground

Chris Agee
Like Freedom Press? Get news that you don't want to miss delivered directly to your inbox

As much of Europe continues to welcome migrants from across the Middle East into their communities, countless reports have chronicled a rise in violent crime.

This week, a particularly shocking attack took place at a playground in Annecy, France. According to police, a man wielding a knife went on a stabbing spree on Thursday, leaving at least two adults and four young children injured.

Police have reportedly identified the suspect as a 31-year-old man from Syria. Some commenters online reacted harshly to news reports that seem to de-emphasize the individual’s apparent ties to the Middle East.


The youngest victim was under 2 years old and all of the children attacked were in the preschool age range. Disturbing video of the incident appeared to show the assailant attempting to stab a child inside a stroller.

Two children and one adult were reportedly hospitalized in serious condition. 

“Children and an adult are between life and death,” French President Emmanuel Macron said. “The nation is in shock. Our thoughts are with them as well as their families and the emergency services mobilized.”

He went on to denounce the “absolute cowardice” on display in the brutal act of violence.

Video of the incident began to spread on Twitter. But in most cases, the footage was quickly removed by content moderators who determined that it violated the platform’s terms of use. 


French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin also reacted to the incident, confirming that the suspect “was arrested thanks to the very rapid intervention of the police.”

Although authorities were able to stop the suspect and arrest him, sources familiar with the situation initially indicated that there was no known motive for the attack.

Additional details from police sources further cloud the narrative, with one report suggesting he received refugee status in Sweden earlier this year and another indicating that he maintained legal status in France. 

As of 2020, the United Nations confirmed that France was home to nearly 22,000 Syrian nationals. A stabbing in Nice that year left three people dead in 2021.