One killed, four others injured in Paris knife attack

Saul Bowman
May 13, 2018

About it to Agency has informed a source in law enforcement bodies.

"Five people in the 2nd district of Paris were attacked by an individual armed with a knife", Xinhua quoted a tweet by the prefecture as saying.

A knife-wielding man killed one person and injured four during the Saturday night attack in a busy Right Bank neighborhood.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb was to hold a special security meeting Sunday to address the attack, which was claimed by the Islamic State group and is being investigated by counter-terrorism authorities.

"I was working in the restaurant and suddenly I heard a woman screaming ... he came and attacked her", said Jonathan, a witness working nearby who wouldn't provide his last name.

Prosecutor Francois Molins said counterterrorism authorities were leading the investigation on potential charges of murder and attempted murder in connection with terrorist motives.

France24 reported that police officers initially tried to taser the attacker but then fired two shots to stop him.

France "will not yield an inch to the enemies of freedom", President Emmanuel Macron said after the attack, praising officers for "neutralising the terrorist".

"The attacker entered a shopping street, I saw him with a knife in his hand", he said.

In an online statement, the media wing of ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. The identity of the attacker man was not yet known, officials said early on Sunday.

Milan, 19, said he saw several people in distress including a woman with wounds to her neck and leg.

A picture seen by Reuters, which a source said showed the attacker, showed a bare-chested and bearded young man dressed in black pants. The statement also said the assailant acted in response to calls to attack anti-ISIS coalition countries.

France's military has been active in the coalition since 2014, and Islamic State adherents have killed more than 200 people in France in recent years, including the 130 who died in the co-ordinated November 2015 attacks in Paris.

"All my thoughts are with the victims and wounded of the knife attack perpetrated in Paris tonight, as well as their loved ones", he added.

Police shot the attacker dead while he was on the ground suffering from cardiac arrest, according to BFMTV.

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