Terrorism investigation following Paris knife attack

At least one dead in central Paris stabbing

A 34-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman were seriously wounded and rushed to hospital.

Paris District attorney François Molins informed press reporters the night's bloodshed, where authorities validated an enemy wielding a knife killed a single person, is now being examined to figure out whether it was an act of fear.

A man shouted "Allahu Akbar" meaning "God is great", stabbed one and injured four in Paris, city prosecutor François Molins told reporters.

Moments later the IS news agency Amaq claimed the suspect was one of its soldiers who carried out the attack in response to the terror group's calls for supporters to target members of the US-led military coalition fighting the extremists in Iraq and Syria.

This woman describes how it began, in an area full of shops and restaurants.

France24 reported that police officers initially tried to taser the attacker but then fired two shots to stop him. The motive or reason for the attack was unclear.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb leaves the Elysee Palace in Paris on July 28, 2017, after the weekly cabinet meeting.

A wave of attacks, claimed by the Islamic State (IS), had broken several times the calm at home with the bloodiest was in Paris where a series of explosives and shootings left 130 victims in November of 2015.


Authorities said a 29-year-old man was killed in the attack and that a terror investigation had been launched.

"Just before 9pm, we saw people rushing inside the restaurant screaming that a man was inside with a bloody knife, ' a witness called Laurent told Le Parisien newspaper".

A picture seen by Reuters, which a source said showed the attacker, showed a bare-chested and bearded young man dressed in black pants.

Police first tried to stop the assailant with a stun-gun before shooting him dead, nine minutes after he began the attack.

One witness, who gave her first name as Maxine, said panic spread as word got out that an attack was taking place.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted (in French): "Tonight, our city was bruised".

In a tweet sharing his condolences for the victims, French President Emmanuel Macron labeled the attacker a "terrorist".

France's military has been active in the coalition since 2014, and IS adherents have killed more than 200 people in France in recent years.

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