(PARIS) — A person wielding a knife attacked residents venturing out to buy in a city beneath lockdown south of the French metropolis of Lyon Saturday, killing two folks and wounding others, prosecutors mentioned.
The anti-terrorism prosecutor’s workplace instructed The Related Press the assault occurred at 11 a.m. in a business avenue in Romans-sur-Isere.
The alleged attacker was arrested by police close by, shortly after the assault. Prosecutors didn’t establish him. They mentioned he had no paperwork however claimed to be Sudanese and to have been born in 1987.
Prosecutors mentioned that different folks had been additionally wounded however couldn’t verify French media reviews that there have been seven different casualties, of whom three are in crucial situation.
Additionally they didn’t verify reviews that the person had shouted “Allahu akbar” (God is nice) as he carried out the assault.
The workplace mentioned it’s evaluating whether or not the assault was motivated by terrorism, however that it has not launched any formal proceedings to deal with it as such.
Like the remainder of France, the city’s residents are on coronavirus-linked lockdown. The victims had been finishing up their weekend meals purchasing on the road that has bakeries and grocers, the workplace mentioned. Two-meter distancing is being inspired as in the remainder of the nation.
Media reported that the knifeman first attacked a Romanian resident who had simply left his house for his day by day stroll — slitting his throat in entrance of his girlfriend and son.
Following that, they reported, the assailant entered a tobacco store, stabbed the tobacconist and two prospects, after which went into the native butcher’s store. He grabbed one other knife and attacked a shopper with the blunt finish earlier than coming into a grocery store.
Some buyers took refuge in a close-by bakery.
There have been quite a few knife assaults in France in current months. In January, French police shot and injured a person in Metz who was waving a knife and shouting “Allahu akbar.”
Two days earlier, one other man was shot useless by police after he stabbed one particular person fatally and wounded two others in a Paris suburb.