Attack With Knife And Hammer In Paris Leaves 3 People Injured

A guy brandishing a knife and hammer inside a busy French train station on Saturday injured three people; authorities have ruled out terrorism and speculated that the culprit may be mentally ill.

Attack With Knife And Hammer In Paris Leaves 3 People Injured

One person was seriously injured in the incident at roughly 7:35 a.m. in the Paris Gare de Lyon train station, and they were taken to the hospital immediately for surgery. According to investigators, the victim’s injuries are potentially fatal.

According to officials, the other two victims only had minor injuries.

A suspect who is 32 years old has been placed under arrest. The motivation of the alleged attacker was not immediately apparent.

The man is said to be from Mali, Africa, according to French media, but police claim he was carrying residency documents from Italy and medications that would indicate he was receiving medical attention. He can lawfully travel to other European nations thanks to the documents.

“It seems like this person has mental health issues,” stated Laurent Nunez, the head of Paris police and man in charge of the extensive security set up for the city’s hosting of the Olympic Games this July 26–August 11.

Nunez stated, emphasising that the police probe was still preliminary, “There are no elements that lead us to think that this could be a terrorist act.”

Nunez added that onlookers stepped in to assist railway police officials in apprehending the culprit.

According to officials, the attack happened in one of the station’s large hallways. Millions of people use the commuter rail services provided by the transport hub to get to the towns and suburbs surrounding Paris, as well as the high-speed trains that connect Paris to other cities.

The Paris prosecutor’s office stated that the knife and hammer were being examined by investigators. It stated that a possible preliminary charge of attempted murder is being considered by the police inquiry.

Gerald Darmanin, the minister of interior, called the incident an “unbearable act” and expressed gratitude to those who apprehended the attacker.

France has recently seen several knife attacks.

A Syrian refugee armed with a knife stabbed four small children and injured two adults by a lake in the French Alps in June, while a Chechen immigrant on France’s extremist watchlist is accused of killing a teacher and injuring two others in an alleged terror incident in October.

An attack at the Gare Du Nord train station in Paris in January of last year resulted in at least six injuries.

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