For months, French authorities have received hundreds of reports of mysterious “needle attacks” and have now made their first arrest, taking a Tunisian migrant into custody in Toulon.
The so-called syringe attacks have been taking place across France since at least the beginning of March. Police say they have received at least 350 different reports alleging individuals at various events, such as nightclubs, were attacked by a sharp object.
The Tunisian arrested in Toulon is said to be a 20-year-old unemployed illegal immigrant living in the country without any residence permit and already known to French justice, having been sentenced in 2020 for domestic violence, South West reports.
Toulon prosecutor Samuel Finielz said the illegal alien denied all charges against him, while two witnesses claimed to have seen the man with a syringe last weekend.
A total of 21 people reported syringe attacks in the evening during a taping for a TV show on a beach in Toulon where the Tunisian was later arrested. He has since been charged with assault and remanded in custody.
The prosecutor noted that the Tunisian terrorist behind last year’s attack on a cathedral in Nice, France, which saw three people murdered, entered Europe illegally from Tunisia via Italy https ://t.co/oowuw9POdE
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The Toulon prosecutor’s office did not specify whether substances were injected into the victims during the attacks and noted that eight clinical examinations were in progress. The majority of the alleged victims would not show any symptoms.
Of the 350 complaints since March in France, around 200 occurred last month, but so far no motivation for the attacks has been uncovered.
The phenomenon is not limited to France either, as other countries in Europe have reported similar attacks in nightclubs and other locations, such as Belgium, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, victims claiming various types of reactions.
” We went out [the bar] for some fresh air… then I ended up losing all control of my body, the ability to walk, to hold my head up, I couldn’t speak – I was throwing up everywhere,” said Eva Keeling, a 19-year-old Stafford resident. Washington Post Last week.
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