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IS-inspired box cutter attack wounds teacher in Paris suburb

A hooded man citing the so-called "Islamic State" has attacked a nursery school teacher with a box cutter and scissors in a northern Paris suburb. The attack was not life-threatening.

The teacher was stabbed in the side and throat early in the morning on Monday as he was preparing for his class in Aubervilliers, a suburb northeast of Paris.

Police are searching for the attacker as anti-terror investigators take over the case.

The assailant reportedly was wearing a balaclava and arrived in the room without a weapon, but grabbed a box cutter in the room to carry out the attack.

The attack comes nearly a month since

the inspired terror attacks in Paris,

which claimed 130 lives and which were claimed by the "Islamic State" (IS) militant group.

Europe has been on high-alert amid a

crackdown on potential terror cells

since the Paris attacks. IS has threatened further attacks against France for its role in the international coalition bombing IS in Syria and Iraq.

In the November issue of an IS French-language magazine the group called teachers "enemies of Allah" for teaching secularism and waging war on Muslim families.

A knife attack in the London Underground earlier this month

wounded two people in what is being treated as a terror attack. The attack, in which the assailant allegedly yelled "This is for Syria," occurred days after the British parliament approved extending airstrikes to Syria.

cw/rc (AFP, Reuters)

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