Two dead in Marseille station knife attack

2017-10-01 15:10
FILE: Police officers take position outside the Louvre museum in Paris. (Thibault Camus, AP)

FILE: Police officers take position outside the Louvre museum in Paris. (Thibault Camus, AP)

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Marseille - A man armed with a knife killed two people at the main train station in the southern French city of Marseille on Sunday before being shot by soldiers patrolling there, local officials said.

"Two victims have been stabbed to death," local official Olivier de Mazieres told AFP.

Local prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux said the knifeman had been shot by soldiers, while Marseille police urged people in the city to avoid the area around Saint-Charles station.

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The knifeman is believed to have shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) before assaulting passers-by, a source close to the investigation told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The deaths came with France still on high alert following a string of terror attacks since January 2015, when jihadist gunmen stormed the offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, killing 12.

The government has since launched Operation Sentinelle, deploying about 7,000 troops across the country to guard high-risk areas such as transport hubs, tourist sites and religious buildings.

After the stabbings in Marseille, anti-terror prosecutors said they had opened an investigation into "killings linked to a terrorist organisation" and the "attempted killing of a public official".

Attacks by Islamist extremists since 2015 have left 239 people dead in France, according to an AFP count before Sunday's incident.


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