Two people are dead and several others wounded after a man went on a stabbing rampage in central Paris, French authorities said Saturday.
The attacker — who has not been identified — was shot and killed by police, Reuters reported, citing local police sources. The knifeman shouted “Allahu akbar” as he attacked people in the Opera district, French prosecutors said.
Paris police said there were five total stabbing victims: one killed, two seriously injured, and two lightly injured.
“I salute the composure and responsiveness of the police forces that have neutralized the assailant,” French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said on Twitter. “My first thoughts go to the victims of this heinous act.”
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement released by its propaganda agency. The perpetrator was a “soldier of the Islamic State” and carried out the attack in response to the group’s calls to target countries bombing its territories in Syria and Iraq, the statement said, according to The Independent.
Paris prosecutor Francois Molins did not confirm ISIS involvement, but said the incident was being investigated as an act of terrorism.
France has “paid once again the price of blood but will not cede an inch to the enemies of freedom,” French President Emmanuel Macron said in a statement.
France has been on high alert in recent years for terrorism due to several attacks directed or inspired by the Islamic State.
This is a developing story and will be updated as further information is obtained.
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