Paris terror attack suspect Sagou Gouno Kassogue, 32, named after a backpack was set on fire and rail passengers slashed with knife in rampage that left three in hospital
A Paris terror attack suspect has been revealed as an asylum seeker who posted TikTok videos claiming Africa should ‘never forgive France’.
Sagou Gouno Kassogue, 32, was in custody in the French capital on Saturday night after an attack that saw a backpack set on fire and train passengers slashed with a knife in a rampage that left three in hospital.
“He first set his backpack on fire, and then he appeared to randomly hit people with an escalator,” an investigative source said.
‘The first victim suffered serious stomach wounds, but his life is no longer in danger.
Sagou Gouno Kassogue (32) was in custody in the French capital on Saturday night after the brutal assaults at the Gare de Lyon
Police investigators work inside the Gare de Lyon station in Paris today after an attack
An asylum seeker from Mali wounded three people during a knife and hammer attack at the Paris station
Police investigators are working on the crime inside the Gare de Lyon station following an attack today
“Two other victims suffered minor injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment.”
It was revealed that Kassogue arrived in Italy from Mali in 2016 and was granted a residence permit as he pursued an asylum claim.
He suffered from extreme mental problems and was due to visit a psychiatrist in Turin this weekend.
Prosecutors in France said the initial investigation was for “attempted murder,” and that Kassogue had no criminal history or ties to terrorist groups.
There was “no sign of religiosity,” the investigative source said, but security sources said he regularly posted videos online expressing his anger at what he called “colonialism.”
This included the presence of French troops in his native Mali, which harbors Islamist groups including al-Qaeda.
Investigators are particularly interested in a TikTok account – which has yet to be verified – in which Kassogue criticizes the French.
In one post, dated December 2, 2023, Kassogue wrote: ‘RIP (Rest in Peace) in three months, may Allah welcome me to his paradise’.
Gare de Lyon, the second busiest station in France, handles up to 150 million passengers a year, and was packed on a Saturday morning
A man apparently armed with a knife and a hammer injured three people in the attack today
There has been a series of knife attacks carried out by violent extremists linked to Islamist groups in France over the past decade
Police investigators are working inside the Gare de Lyon station following an attack earlier today
“Africa must never forgive France,” says Kassogue, who wears glasses and a beard in the Tik Tok video.
Laurent Nuñez, the Paris police prefect, said: ‘As we speak, there are no elements to suggest that this is an act of terrorism.
“The suspect’s residence permit was issued in 2019 and remains active,” said Mr Nuñez. “The investigation is carried out by prosecutors, with the help of the judicial police.”
Gare de Lyon, the second busiest station in France, handles up to 150 million passengers a year, and was packed on a Saturday morning.
It was evacuated immediately after the attack, with all services cancelled.
It follows a series of knife attacks carried out by violent extremists linked to Islamist groups in France over the past decade.
In October last year, a teacher was killed and three others were seriously wounded in a knife attack by a radicalized Chechen citizen at a school in Arras.
And in 2022, a Chechen refugee beheaded Samuel Paty at a school in the suburbs of Paris after the history teacher showed children caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.