Knife attack in Paris leaves two dead, including assailant

May 13, 2018, 14:13
Knife attack in Paris leaves two dead, including assailant

Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux tweeted: Thoughts for the victims of the attack that hit the heart of Paris tonight.

French investigators scrambled on Sunday to identify a knifeman who killed one person and wounded four others in a suspected terror attack that brought panic once more to the streets of Paris.

No different details about the attacker was instantly obtainable. In June, police officers were assaulted by another Muslim extremist wielding a hammer near the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris.

Later in the evening the IS group said it was behind the attack, in a brief statement posted on its news outlet. Authorities have not revealed the attacker's identity. He also applauded the courage of the police who "neutralized the terrorist".

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

The knife attack injured four people in the 2nd arrondissement or district of the French capital.

France's military has been active in the coalition since 2014.

Within the U.S., State Division officers voiced their concern.

"Knife intifada in the center of Paris, at Opera", Meyer Habib, a member of the National Assembly, the French parliament, wrote on Twitter.

Anti-terrorist judges from Paris have launched an investigation, with the city prosecutor Francois Molins confirming that the suspected "Allah Akbar" - words commonly used by Isis fanatics.

According to French media, the assailant was shot dead by police during the deadly attack even as authorities could not determine the motive of the attacker.

Police shot the attacker dead while he was on the ground suffering from cardiac arrest, according to BFMTV. Folks have been requested to evacuate close by buildings. Police say they killed a suspect.

People tried to hide in restaurants and cafes from the streets during the attack, which started at 9:30 p.m. He turned onto one other road, and everybody scattered, the witness stated.

Bar patrons and opera-goers described surprise and confusion in the immediate area. French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb called it an "odious" attack.

Mr Collomb said none had life-threatening injuries.

France has been on high alert amid a series of attacks commissioned or inspired by the Islamic State militant group that have killed more than 240 people since 2015.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

"I would first like to salute his memory".

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