Jewish Man Wounded in Knife Attack in France, Assailant Yelled 'Allahu Akbar'

Local police do not consider the assault a terrorist attack, claiming the assailant has a history of psychiatric problems and a criminal record.

French police officers stand behind a cordon on the street where a man claiming allegiance to ISIS killed a French policeman and his partner, Magnanville, France, June 14, 2016.
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A man with a history of psychiatric problems attacked a Jewish man with a knife in the eastern French city of Strasbourg, police said on Friday.

The knife-wielding man was reported to have said "Allahu akbar" as he assaulted the Jewish man, who was wearing "clear exterior signs of his religion," a Strasbourg police spokesman said.

The spokesman, who wasn't authorized to be publicly named, said the attacker was immediately arrested, and the victim was not seriously hurt.

He said local police do not consider it a terrorist attack, calling the attacker someone with "clear deficiencies" who had a police record, without elaborating.

The incident comes as France is on edge after a string of Islamic extremist attacks. Jews have been specifically targeted in some past violence.