Terrorism suspected as Paris knife attacker kills one, injures four

13 May, 2018, 09:55 | Author: Laverne Higgins
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   ATTACK A knifeman has been shot dead after stabbing several people in Paris

The Islamic State (ISIS) claimed accountability for Saturday evening's knife assault saying it was in response to ISIS' requires supporters to focus on members of the USA -led navy coalition squeezing the extremists out of Iraq and Syria, the Aamaq information company stated in a press release. A knife-wielding man killed one person and injured four during the Saturday night attack in a busy Right Bank neighborhood.

The attacker - who has not been identified - was shot and killed by police, Reuters reported, citing local police sources.

Police said two of the injured were "seriously wounded", while the other two were "slightly" hurt.

French president Emmanuel Macron said: "France once again pays the price of blood".

Counter-terrorism police were predicted to guide the investigation after Prosecutor Francois Molins instructed colleagues that witnesses learned that the suspect yelling, "Allahu Akbar" - "God is great" in Arabic.

Paris has been under high security in recent years after a string of deadly terror attacks commissioned or inspired by the Islamic State, in which dozens of people have been killed.

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Eyewitnesses say police officers first tried to taser the attacker - but then fired two shots after this failed to stop the assailant, France24 reports.

"Given the modus operandi, we have turned this over to the counterterrorist section of the Paris prosecutor's office", Mr Molins told reporters from the scene. A friend came to her aid and the attacker left, "hitting on all the doors, all the shops", the witness told BFM.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said the alleged attacker was "neutralized" by police and praised officers for their actions. "Then I went out to see what was going on, and then I saw a man on the ground", she added.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement released by its propaganda agency. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the police were on the scene within five minutes and the terrorist was "neutralised" quickly.

"Tonight, our city has been bruised", Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo wrote on Twitter in French after the attack.

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