Muslim man stabbed family after father offended him by scratching his crotch
A man who stabbed a French mother and her three daughters had been enraged by the father scratching his crotch in front of his wife, prosecutors have alleged.
Mohamed Boufarkouch, 37, shouted “Allahu Akbar”, meaning God is Great in Arabic, three times while being questioned by police about the attack, which included targeting the man’s daughters, aged eight, ten and 13.
The attacker has now been charged with attempted murder and attempted murder of a minor under 15-years-old.
The Moroccan-born man and his family had been staying next door to the French family at holiday apartments in the Hautes-Alpes when he allegedly rushed into their rooms, stabbing the children as well attacking their 45-year-old mother with a small knife on Tuesday morning.
The youngest was flown to hospital for surgery after suffering a punctured lung in the attack with all four victims, from the Nantes area in western France, now out of hospital.
The man has since appeared in court with Grenoble’s deputy prosecutor Oliver Nagabbo telling the court that:
“The husband, and father, of the victims, confirms he crossed the suspect while he was leaving the premises after the attack. The suspect allegedly then told him: ‘You shouldn’t have done that in front of my wife’, then scratched the inside of his thigh over his shorts.”
But the prosecutor added: “The husband doesn’t remember doing such a gesture.”
He said it was “hard to comprehend that such a gesture could have sparked such a serious attack from a person in full mental health or devoid of any ideological intent”.
The 37-year-old alleged attacker has now been remanded in custody.
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