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Officials: Paris Teacher Fabricated Story Of Stabbing By Man Shouting About ISIS

The teacher said his attackers was wielding a box cutter and scissors, but prosecutors say he made the whole thing up.

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A teacher who claimed to have been stabbed in a Paris suburb on Monday by a man who shouted about ISIS fabricated the attack, prosecutors have said.

The teacher had said the attacker was wielding a box cutter and scissors, and yelled, "This is Daesh... this is a warning," before stabbing the teacher in the side and the throat as he prepared for the nursery school in Aubervilliers, northeast of Paris, a police source told AFP. Daesh is another name used to describe ISIS.

The suspect was wearing painter's overalls and a balaclava and fled after injuring the man, the teacher said.

The teacher was taken to hospital with injuries.

The anti-terrorism branch of the Paris prosecutor's office opened an investigation for attempted murder, the BBC reported.

But the local prosecutor's office told Le Monde on Monday afternoon the teacher has since admitted to fabricating the attack.

The man is now being questioned by authorities over why he allegedly invented the story, the BBC reported. He is said to have stabbed himself.

France remains on high alert after the terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 that left 130 people dead.


This story has been updated to reflect that prosecutors now say the teacher fabricated the story behind the attack.

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