Man arrested after knife attack in Paris wounds seven

Elias Hubbard
September 10, 2018

Seven people in Paris have been wounded by an attacker armed with a knife and an iron bar, according to reports.

Of the seven victims, four have been seriously wounded, after the man began his wild stabbing spree at 10:45pm with a knifing near a local cinema.

Two British tourists were among those injured, broadcaster BFMTV and Le Parisien newspaper reported. The suspect is believed to be a "Pakistani or Afghan" national, local media report.

The incident took place just after 11pm (10pm BST) on the banks of a canal in the northeast of the capital.

A security guard at a cinema on the Canal de l'Ourcq stated he saw the suspect being chased by men who tried to stop him. Someone who was playing pétanque nearby threw a ball against the attacker, causing him to flee.

Four of the injured were reported to be in a serious condition in hospital, according to French police. The attacker is not thought to have been badly injured by officers.

There is no initial sign the attack was linked to terrorism.

The case is being investigated by judicial police, with Paris prosecutors opening an official inquiry.

A French police source said: "At this stage there is nothing to indicate that it could be a terrorist attack".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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