PARIS (AP) — Officials say an escapee from a psychiatric institution slashed a rabbi and his son with a box-cutter near a Paris synagogue before being tackled and subdued by witnesses.
Richard Prasquier, who heads CRIF, France's largest umbrella organization of Jewish groups, says the rabbi was recovering from surgery after Tuesday's attack and the son sustained lesser injuries. He said the assailant was of Iranian origin, and a police investigation was under way to determine the attacker's possible motive.
A Paris police official said the attack on the rabbi, who is in his late 40s, and the 18-year-old son took place north of a touristic shopping area near Paris' gilded Opera house. The official said the attacker, now in police custody, escaped from a psychiatric hospital near southeastern Lyon last week.
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