Man fatally stabs his sister and mother in Paris suburb; authorities doubt ISIS claim

If no terrorism link is found, it would fit into a string of misleading claims as ISIL has faced significant setbacks over the last two years

French hooded police officers guard the area after a knife attack Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 in Trappes, west of Paris.

A man stabbed to death his sister and mother in the west Parisian suburb of Trappes on Thursday morning and seriously injured at least one more person. Although the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed the incident, authorities are not calling it an act of terrorism.

French police officials stand alert as they cordon off a road in Trappes, south-west of Paris on August 23, 2018, following a knife attack. THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/GETTY IMAGES


French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb described the man as a “criminal who had significant psychiatric problems” and stated that the attack was likely not an act of terrorism.

“It was more a man who was disturbed than someone responding to orders from a terrorist organization,” he told reporters from the scene of the incident.

The attacker was killed by police after he came out of his mother’s house wielding a knife and ignored shouted warnings, he added. An investigation into his motives is still underway.