2 dead in suspected terror attack at French train station

Marsha Scott
October 3, 2017

The Paris prosecutor's office, which oversees all terror cases in France, said it had opened a counter-terrorism investigation.

The attacks were gruesome, as the BBC relays.

According to Le Figaro, the victims were women, one aged 21 and the other older.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said the attack was not yet officially an act of terrorism.

Passengers wait while a police officer gestures outside Marseille 's main train station as French police officers patrol.

There were few details on the attacker's identity.

There was an acid attack on four American women in their 20s in the same train station two weeks ago.

France has been in a state of emergency since November 2015 after Islamic extremists attacked a concert hall in Paris and attacked several restaurants and bars.

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The French authorities this month chose to maintain the military force of 7,000 soldiers that was created to protect sensitive sites after the deadly extremist attacks of 2015 in Paris.

Troops serving in a special 7,000-strong force known as Sentinelle set up to guard vulnerable areas in terror-hit France responded to the stabbings and shot dead the attacker.

Reuters news agency reported quoting a police source that the victims suffered gory injuries: one victim's throat was slit while the other was stabbed in the stomach.

Police said the suspect, believed to be 30, crashed the auto through a barricade and hit the officer at about 8.15pm local time (yesterday morning, Singapore time), sending him flying almost 5mthrough the air and onto a police cruiser.

The killing at the southern port city of the country came while France is on high alert towards terrorist attacks.

"At the moment, we believe this is an individual who acted alone, although the investigation is in its early stages", said Edmonton police chief Rod Knecht.

On Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed "deep indignation for the barbarous act", and saluted the police and soldiers "who reacted with sang-froid and efficiency".

Molins said "the method of the attacker" was in line with calls from the Syria-based terror group to followers in the West to strike vulnerable targets, such as train stations.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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