One person killed, two injured in knife attack near Paris

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One person killed, two injured in knife attack near Paris

A man armed with a knife killed two people and seriously injured another Thursday morning in the Paris suburb of Trappes. The assailant was shot and killed by police.

The young man, who killed his victims out in the street before taking refuge in a house, was later shot dead by police when he left that house and ran towards them in a threatening way, a police source said.

The victims, according to an interior ministry source, were the mother and sister of the attacker and police were looking into whether it was a family dispute.

Counter-terrorism officials have yet to be asked to join the investigation, a judicial source told Reuters.

Earlier, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement released by their propaganda channel Amaq. The group provided no evidence to support their claim and the statement came before it was confirme d that the victims were related to the attacker.

BFM TV said the attacker, who has not been identified, shouted “Allahu akbar” (God is great), but police could not immediately confirm this.

French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said his thoughts were with "the victims and their loved ones". He also hailed the quick reaction by French security services and said an investigation into the incident was under way in a Twitter post.

An underprivileged suburb

Situated around 30 kilometres from Paris, Trappes is an underprivileged suburb in the largely wealthy Yvelines area west of Paris. Nearly half of the 30,000 inhabitants are less than 25 years old and the unemployment level is nearly 20 percent.

Only a short drive from the wealthy area of Versailles, home to the world-famous Versailles Palace, the town is known for problems linked to poverty, gangs and hardline interpretations of Islam.

It has a la rge Muslim population and about 50 locals are suspected of having left France to fight for the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria and Iraq, according to French security sources.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)

Date created : 2018-08-23

Source: Google News France | Netizen 24 France

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