He’d fit in well at CNN. Source: Paris hammer attack suspect worked as a journalist in Sweden: report – The Local – h/t Blazing Cat Fur
The man who attacked a police officer with a hammer outside the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on Tuesday is thought to have previously worked as a journalist in Sweden, French and Swedish media report.
The suspect is believed to be Farid Ikken, who previously lived in Sweden and worked as a journalist for the public-service broadcaster Swedish Radio, the Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet reports.
The attack on Tuesday afternoon took place outside the famous Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, where a man hurled himself at a police officer on patrol outside one of the French capital’s most visited tourist spots.
The man, who was armed with a hammer and two knives, shouted “this is for Syria” when he landed the blow on the officer.
Another policeman responded by firing twice at the attacker, who was left injured and lying on the ground. He was later taken to hospital. The policeman sustained minor injuries.
According to French media, the suspect is Farid Ikken, 40, who was born in Algeria. In 2004 he married a Swedish woman and moved to Sweden, but the couple separated the following year.
Ikken reportedly moved several times in the following years, and studied journalism in Stockholm and Uppsala.
Newswire AFP reports that the suspect had claimed to be a “soldier of the caliphate” of Isis, citing a source close to the investigation.
The Old Continent provides more details on the journalist turned jihadi:
40-year-old Farid Ikken, the terrorist who attacked police officers with a hammer outside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris yesterday, had lived in Sweden working as a journalist and received the “EU Commission’s National Journalist Prize Against Discrimination” award in 2009 for a report in which he discussed alleged racism towards migrants. The article “For me she was always Kristina” won the prize in the category that highlights the connection between poverty and discrimination.
Video of the attack below.