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Attacker Shot dead after fatal stabbing in France

03 January, 2020

PARIS: One person has died and several others have been injured after a knife attack in a suburb of Paris.

A man stabbed a number of passers-by in Villejuif, about 8km (5 miles) south of the French capital, on Friday.

The attacker was chased by police after reportedly targeting people in a park. The motive for the attack is not clear.

Four people are believed to have been stabbed. Two are reported to have been seriously injured and have been taken to hospital.

The attack took place at about 14:00 local time (13:00 GMT) and the targets appear to have been chosen at random.

 

Police have advised people to avoid the area near to the Hautes-Bruyères Park.

French counter-terrorism prosecutors are assessing the scene and authorities are trying to identify the attacker. Police said they were interviewing several witnesses.

France’s Deputy Interior Minister Laurent Nuñez, who visited the scene, praised the police response, calling it an “extremely courageous act”. (Int’l Monitoring Desk)

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