Marseille: Knife attack at train station

Marseille: Knife attack at train station

He said a passer-by tried to intervene before the attacker moved towards police, who shot him dead.

While the incident is being treated as a terror attack, authorities are now investigating whether the suspect had links to established terror organizations.

The attacks were gruesome, as the BBC relays. One victim's throat was slit, and the other was stabbed in the stomach. AFP, citing police officials it did not name, said the killer shouted "Allahu Akbar", or "God is Great", when he began his rampage. But officials also took pains to emphasize the circumstances of the attack were far from clear.

Last month, four American college students were attacked with acid at the same station by a woman authorities said was suffering from mental illness.

At least one person was stabbed to death and another seriously wounded at Marseille's main railway station, police sources said, in what one of them termed was a "terrorist act".

ISIS supporters are already discussing today's attack in Marseille.

Xavier Tarabeux, the local prosecutor, said that policemen at the scene of the attack had shot dead the assailant.

Police sources say the attacker was carrying a butcher's knife, was around 30 years old and was of North African appearance.

The French government this month chose to maintain the so-called Sentinelled Operation military force of 7,000 soldiers that was created to protect sensitive sites after the deadly extremist attacks of 2015.

13 Nov 2015 - IS jihadists armed with bombs and assault rifles attack Paris, targeting the national stadium, cafes and Bataclan concert hall.

The latest deaths came with France still on high alert and in a state of emergency following a string of attacks in recent years by extremists linked to the Islamic State group or Al-Qaeda.

"This act could be terrorist in nature but at this time we cannot confirm that", he added.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb posted on Twitter that he would travel to Marseille immediately.

On Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that he was "deeply angered by this barbaric act", and said he shared the pain of the families and friends of the victims.

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