The scene filmed by a witness is staggering and surreal. It lasts forty-five seconds and puts a chilling light on part of the savage aggression of Annecy (Haute-Savoie). The suspect, Abdalmasih H., appears, trotting, a knife in his right hand, slaloming between the slides and children's games of the small square near the lake.
Turban on his head, sunglasses, full beard, Bermuda shorts, he throws himself on a double stroller and his blade despite the intervention of the nanny who tries to oppose. Still trotting, he then returns to the charge, aiming once again at the two children sitting in their stroller. With determination, and without visible panic.
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While joggers pass without stopping, headphones in their ears in front of the playground, a man tries to neutralize the assailant, in any case to move him away from the playground and the two children. And a few seconds later, Abdalmasih, still running at a slow pace, comes out of the playground, quietly opening the small door. He then takes a vast grassy area, always pursued by a man who, without being able to disarm him, at least manages to make him flee.
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Other amateur footage then films him still trotting, chased by two men. According to testimonies at the scene, he then walked towards an older person whom he also hit before being neutralized by the first police patrol that arrived on the scene.
According to our information, the first call to "17" was made at 9:41 a.m. to report the attack and the suspect was arrested at 9:45 a.m.