Paris: Police shoot knifeman during face mask row in train station – Metro.co.uk


Few passengers with their luggage wait at the Saint-Lazare rail station in Paris on April 3, 2021, as nationwide partial lockdown measures aimed at curbing the Covid-19 pandemic start today. - New restrictions come into force on April 3, 2021 in France, where authorities are scrambling to deal with a dramatic rise in cases that has overwhelmed hospitals in the capital Paris. (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP) (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP via Getty Images)
The attack took place at Saint-Lazare, one of the busiest train stations in Paris (Picture: AFP/Getty images)

A knifeman has been shot by police after shouting ‘Allahu Akbar, France is ruled by Islamic State’ at a busy Paris train sation.

The situation at Saint-Lazare is said to have escalated after the man was stopped by officials for not wearing a mask and refused to comply yesterday evening.

He then took out a blade and charged towards them shouting pro-ISIS slogans before police shot him twice in the chest, according to French media.

The assailant has been taken to hospital and remains in a life-threatening condition. A Paris police spokesman had no immediate comment.

In a statement, France’s state-owned railway company SNCF said: ‘The two agents used their service weapon to defend and neutralise him.

‘The injured individual was taken care of by the emergency services.’

Identity documents found on the man’s body show he was born in 1974 and had been known to police for previous threats and violence.

However, the attacker was not previously known to intelligence services.

Police have launched an investigation for attempted homicide of someone in public office, violence with weapons and promoting terrorism.

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