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Saturday, 12 May 2018

ISIS claims responsibility for fatal stabbing in Paris



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A dead body lays under a blanket after a knife attack in Paris on Saturday. (Thibault Camus/AP)
A knife-wielding madman killed one and wounded four more Saturday near the historic Palais Garnier opera house in Paris before he was fatally gunned down by police.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on social media, saying the suspect, an Islamic state soldier, "carried out the operation in response to calls targeting the coalition countries."
The assailant emerged from a nearby subway station just before 9 p.m., ditched his jacket and began slashing people at random, according to local reports.
He lodged the knife in the slain 29-year-old man's throat, Le Parisien reported.
Four more were wounded in the bustling 2nd Arrondissement, according to Parisian police. Two were rushed to local hospitals minor injuries while two more are in critical condition after being stabbed in the throat.
The attack was carried out near the Palais Garnier opera house according to Parisian police. (GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images)
The assailant, who has not been identified, allegedly knocked on storefronts looking for more victims. When he was confronted by police within nine minutes of the attack, he reportedly told officers: "Kill me or I'll kill you."
Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said the suspect cried "Allah Akbar" as he carried out the attack, BFM-TV reported.
An eyewitness reported that police tried to stun the suspect before firing two shots at him, according to France 24 reporter Charles Pellegrin.
"I just saw the man knifing random people," wrote Twitter user Esohe Denise Odaro.
Firefighters vehicles block Saint Augustin street in Paris centre after one person was killed and several injured in a knife attack. (THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Diners at restaurants along Rue Saint-Augustin panicked and took cover.
A woman said "we were relaxed, drinking among girlfriends and then all of a sudden we heard gunshots. Then, panic erupted on the street. We didn't understand and our waiters said, 'quick, quick, run, go find shelter.' So we hid. I was curious so I wanted to leave the restaurant. As I walked out I saw a guy lying on the ground. It looked like he was dead. Then police arrived. There were a lot of them," the witness told BFM-TV.
French President Emmanuel Macron reacted to the attack on Twitter.
"France once again paid the price of blood but does not give an inch to the enemies of freedom," Macron said.
Agression à #Paris : je salue le sang froid et la réactivité des forces de police qui ont neutralisé l’assaillant.
Mes premières pensées vont aux victimes de cet acte odieux.
— Gérard Collomb (@gerardcollomb) May 12, 2018
Interior minister Gerard Collomb also tweeted about the attack.
"Attack in Paris: i salute the cold blood and responsiveness of the police forces who neutralized the assailant. My first thoughts are with the victims of this abhorrent act."
"Under painful circumstances, I want to pay respects to emergency crews, in particular @Pompiers Paris and SAMU Paris. And obviously officers at the @prefpolice whose courage and professionalism deserve our respect," he added.
Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo said: "Tonight, our city was murdered. My first thoughts go to the family of the victim who lost their life. I think as much of the injured and their loves ones. I want to tell them that all Parisians are by their sides."
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