One Killed in Paris Knife Attack

  • One Killed in Paris Knife Attack

One Killed in Paris Knife Attack

A guy wielding a knife in main Paris Saturday eliminated a single person and injured 4 others, yelling "Allahu akbar"- Arabic for "God is excellent"- prior to the attack.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility, according to the SITE monitoring group, but provided no corroborating proof.

"I was taking orders and I saw a young woman trying to get into the restaurant in panic", Jonathan, a waiter at a Korean restaurant, told AFP news agency.

The prosecutor's office on counterterrorism announced that it had launched an investigation into the attack.

Police union representative Rocco Contento told Reuters that the assailant, after attacking bystanders with a knife, rushed at police shouting "I will kill you, I will kill you!" There is no known motive for the attack at this time.

France's interior minister, Gerard Collomb, identified the person killed as a 29-year-old man.

Witnesses reportedly stated that the police first tried to make use of a stun gun on the attacker, however when that failed, they fired two photographs, the BBC reported, citing France24.

A witness who was sitting in a Japanese restaurant with his girlfriend told Le Parisien: Just before 9pm, we saw people rushing inside the restaurant screaming that a man was outside with a bloody knife.

French authorities are denouncing a knife attack in central Paris that French media say left two dead including the assailant.

"The bartenders told us to come inside very quickly".

The attacker was then shot by officers and later confirmed lifeless, Paris police stated.

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

Police are investigating the circumstances of the attack and finds out the identity of the terrorist.

The assailant's father and mother are in custody for questioning by French police, a judicial source said on Sunday. He tweeted, "My first thoughts are for the victims in this odious attack".

The mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo expressed his condolences to the relatives of the deceased and wounded, saying that all Parisians feel sorry for them.

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