French police shoot dead man near Paris after stabbing attempt


One person was killed and several injured by a man with a knife in Villejuif, south of Paris, according to the AFP news agency.

Local media have said that one of the victims has died, while two others have been taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The case of the attack in the Park until transferred to the prosecution leading cases on anti-terrorism.

The department said it was also looking into whether or not Nathan C., who was born in 1997 in Lilas, a northeastern suburb of Paris, had any accomplices. Police cordoned off the area, and ambulances and police vehicles lined a road approaching the park.

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More information from The Daily Mail, per the police union in Paris.

The attacker had targeted the victim's wife, and the man was fatally stabbed when he intervened to protect her.

France's anti-terror prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard was at the scene of Friday's attack, but the investigation remained initially under the authority of the Creteil prosecutor's office.

The suspect reportedly yelled "god is great" in Arabic at the time of the attack.

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President Emmanuel Macron expressed support for the victims and said in a statement: 'We continue to fight determinedly against senseless violence'. Members of the anti-criminal brigade were first on the scene, and shot a number of rounds at the man.

The Villejuif knife assailant who killed a person on Friday had a history of mental illness and had been undergoing treatment for psychiatric problems, BFMTV reported citing a source close to the investigation.

In October past year, four people were stabbed to death at the Paris police headquarters by Mickael Harpon, an IT specialist working for the police.

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