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Notre Dame Terrorist IDed as 40-Year-Old Journalist


(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

The terrorist who attacked police officers with a hammer outside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has been identified as 40-year-old Farid Ikken. The Algerian attacker yelled “this is for Syria” before he attacked an officer with a hammer and was shot by police.

Who Is He?

Farid Ikken is a 40-year-old Algerian jihadist who lived in Sweden and worked as a journalist. He even received an EU Commission’s National Journalist Prize Against Discrimination award for a report in which he discussed alleged racism towards migrants.

His article also touched on “asylum seekers who are not entitled to medical care and who are therefore forced to seek medical care, as well as healthcare staff and others who still provide healthcare to asylum seekers,” the European Commission wrote in a statement.

Ikken had earned a Masters degree while living in Sweden. According to unconfirmed reports, Ikken made a video swearing allegiance to ISIS before the attack.

Watch a video of the attack below.

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