A 37-year-old man identified as ‘Mohamed B’ has stabbed a mother and her three daughters at a vacation center in southeast France.
The man may have “found them too lightly dressed,” local media reported.
The life of one of the daughters, an eight-year-old girl, is in danger and she is receiving treatment at a hospital in the town of Gap. Her mother and sisters – aged between eight and 14 – have also been admitted to the same hospital. The incident happened at about 10am on Tuesday morning at the VVF vacation center located in the Garde-Colombe department in the Haute-Alpes area.
The attacker violently stabbed the woman and girls, before driving away from the scene. He was detained a few minutes later.
Some local media suggest a possible religious motive behind the attack as the man allegedly accused the girls and their mother of being dressed too lightly.
The authorities have so far not provided details on the possible reasons behind the assault, with the local prosecutor Raphaël Balland saying that the motive remains “very vague.”
“These are all rumors, he didn’t say anything relating to religion,” Balland added.
French media also said that the man was not on the so-called ‘Fiche S’ list, associated with radicalized individuals.