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    Dec 15, 2015

    Man citing ISIS stabs nursery teacher in Paris


    A HOODED man claiming to be acting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) attacked a nursery school teacher with a knife as he prepared for classes in a school north of Paris, a French judiciary official said yesterday.

    The teacher was stabbed in the side and throat but his life was not in danger, a police source said.

    He was taken to hospital after the attack by a man wielding a knife or box-cutter, who fled the scene after the attack at about 6.30am GMT, said the judiciary official, adding that anti-terrorism officials were investigating.

    According to local prosecutors, the man shouted: "This is Daesh. This is a warning." Daesh is another name for ISIS.

    France's education minister and a local government prefect visited the premises of the school in Aubervilliers, in the Saint-Denis region just north of the capital. Classes at the school were cancelled.

    The prefect, who was not introduced by name, told reporters it was too early to draw conclusions about the character of the attack, noting that the assailant, wearing a balaclava, had apparently found the weapon at the school premises.