French authorities and anti-terror investigators found themselves in hot water over the weekend after a lone terrorist who killed at least one individual turned out to be on the government’s “state security watchlist.”
According to the New York Times, the knife-yielding terrorist -identified as 20-year-old Chechen born Khamzat Azimov- has been on the French government’s anti-terror watch list since 2016; raising new questions over how the suspect launched his stabbing spree that injured five and left one person dead.
“Once again we learn that the terrorist was in the S Files,” said former French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, referring to her government’s watch list. “What use are the S Files if we don’t use them to neutralize these time bombs on French soil?”
Azimov was born in Chechnya and became a naturalized French citizen in 2010. He was placed on the watch list after contacting multiple individuals who attempted to travel to Syria in 2016.
“Apart from being questioned by security services in 2017 over his connections to the Syria departure, he had no previous run-ins with the authorities,” writes the Times.
KNIFE CONTROL: UK to Ban Home Deliveries of KNIVES, BRASS KNUCKLES, ACID
The UK government unveiled its new “knife control” measures Sunday following months of escalating violence and skyrocketing murder rates; banning all residents from having knives delivered to their homes and preventing sales of “acid” to anyone under 18 years of age.
The new legislation -expected to be voted on within weeks- also bans the possession of so-called ‘Zombie Knives,’ elaborate stabbing weapons that can be over one feet in length as well as brass knuckles.
“This government has always stood for law and order and to tackle violent crime effectively, robust legislation and powerful law enforcement must be in place,” said the UK Home Secretary.
“That’s why we will introduce a new offensive weapons bill that includes a new offence of possessing acid in public without good reason, prevents sales of acids to under 18s and stops knives being sent to people’s homes when bought online,” added the official.
The escalating murder tally means the homicide rate in London has risen by 40% in just three years; the stark opposite to New York City’s crime statistics which have fallen by nearly 90% since Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s harsh crackdown in the 1990s.
BLOODY BRITAIN: UK Launches ‘KNIFE FREE’ Campaign to Curb Stabbings
Days after Mayor Sadiq Khan announced his new proposals to help curb knife violence in London, cities and towns around the UK are cracking down on knife ownership; particularly among the nation’s youth.
The Office of South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commission launched a new online campaign called #KnifeFree this week; highlighting Britain’s teenagers who voluntarily agree to live a “knife free” life and offering advice on those wishing to avoid knife violence.
“Find positive activities to channel your energy and help you avoid dangerous situations. This will also help you meet others living knife free. #knifefree” writes the Commissioner’s official social media account.
“If you find yourself in a confrontation, you have a choice – pulling a knife can escalate the situation and put you in serious danger. #knifefree” says another post.
— Office of SYPCC (@SYPCC) April 5, 2018
Going knife free can be a brave and difficult choice – but your life will be better for it. pic.twitter.com/bbT9YNTMus
— Office of SYPCC (@SYPCC) April 6, 2018
— Office of SYPCC (@SYPCC) April 7, 2018