MARSEILLE, France (AP) — A person with a knife attacked individuals on the important practice station within the southeastern French metropolis of Marseille on Sunday, killing two ladies earlier than troopers fatally shot the assailant, officers stated.
French police warned individuals to keep away from Saint Charles practice station, tweeting that an operation was underway. Troopers and police took up positions outdoors the station, which was evacuated.
Three police officers stated one lady was stabbed to dying. Two of the officers stated the opposite lady’s throat was slit. The assailant was shot lifeless by troopers who have been patrolling the station. The officers have been talking on situation of anonymity as a result of they weren’t approved to talk publicly concerning the operation.
Paris prosecutor’s workplace stated that a counter-terrorism investigation has been opened. No additional particulars have been instantly given, together with the motive for the assault.
Inside Minister Gerard Collomb tweeted that he would journey to the scene.
About 7,000 French troopers patrol main vacationer websites, locations of worship, practice stations and airports throughout France. The so-referred to as Sentinelle Operation has been in place since lethal extremist assaults in France in 2015.
Earlier this month, 4 American school college students have been attacked with acid on the similar practice station in Marseille. On the time, French authorities stated the assailant was affected by a psychological sickness and it was not investigated as a terror assault.
Sylvie Corbet reported from Paris. Related Press author Philippe Sotto contributed to this report from Paris.