Shouting the Islamic war cry allahu akbar…
One killed, two injured in knife attack in Paris suburb, says police
The knife attacker was “neutralised” by police after trying to hide in a building, according to a source.
A man armed with a knife killed one person and seriously injured two others on Thursday morning in a town about 30 kilometres (20 miles) southwest of Paris, a police source told AFP.
The man was “neutralised” by police in Trappes after trying to hide in a building, the source said, without specifying if he had been killed.
It was unclear if the violence was terror-related.
BFM TV said the attacker shouted “Allahu akbar”, but police could not immediately confirm it. “The reason behind the attack and his profile are not known yet and are being looked into,” a source told Reuters.
2 Women Dead, 1 Seriously Hurt After Knife Attack In Trappes, France,”
Associated Press, August 23, 2018:
PARIS (AP) — A man flagged by French authorities as a suspected radical killed his mother and sister and seriously injured another woman in a knife attack Thursday that was quickly claimed by the Islamic State group.
Police shot and killed the man. His motives weren’t immediately clear. Authorities didn’t rule out a family dispute and prosecutors were not immediately treating the attack as a terrorism case.
Three French officials identified the two people killed in the attack in Trappes and the mother and sister of the attacker.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to give such details publicly. The third victim, a passerby who was gravely injured in the attack, was also a woman, one of the officials said.
The Islamic State group, via its Aamaq news agency, claimed responsibility. The agency said the attack in Trappes was motivated by calls from the IS leadership to attack civilians in countries at war with the extremist group. Hours earlier, IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi urged followers to attack enemies everywhere by all means, including in knife attacks.
Police officials said the man was flagged in a government database of suspected religious and political extremists. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.