(PARIS) — A French soldier was stabbed on the outskirts of Paris only days after a gruesome killing of a British soldier on a London street.
The soldier was stabbed in the neck with a box cutter on Saturday. He was in uniform at the time of the attack.
The soldier was taken to the military hospital Percy in Clamartou, France, and will survive.
Authorities do not know who the attacker was. He fled the scene without saying a word, and police are searching for him.
The attack was less brutal that the beheading of a British soldier in London, but there is a concern that this is a copycat attack.
President François Hollande says authorities are investigating any connections. He cautioned against jumping to any conclusions.
Authorities in London have been worried about other attacks on soldiers, and have increased security around bases inside London. ABC News’ Nick Schifrin notes that if this is in fact a copycat attack, “there’ll be big concerns across Europe and a real need to increase security around all troops.”
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Steve Visser and Masoud Popalzai, CNN
Don Melvin and Greg Botelho, CNN Newswire