Paris and tourism face yet another terror attack

May 13, 2018, 13:14
Paris and tourism face yet another terror attack

The four injured in the attack were hospitalized. The official wasn't authorized to be publicly named speaking about an ongoing investigation.

"Once back inside we heard sirens and 2 gun shots".

Milan, another witness, told AFP he saw a woman who sustained wounds to her neck and leg as well as "several people in distress".

Counterterrorism investigators are leading the probe into Saturday's attack near the Paris opera house, which was claimed by the Islamic State group.

Of the four survivors, police say two are seriously injured.

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Beyond the police cordon, however, crowds still filled nearby cafes and the city's night life resumed its normal pace soon after the attack.

A state of emergency that was put in place following the 2015 Paris attacks that killed 130 people was lifted last October.

The formula used was typical of Islamic State claims for attacks inspired by its propaganda, whether or not it had any direct link with the perpetrator.

Mr Molins said the decision was made due to the style of the attack and on the accounts of witnesses who said the attacker cried "Allahu Akbar" (God is great in Arabic) during the incident.

Citing a police source, French newspaper Le Figaro reported that the operating mode of the attacker, who shouted something during the stabbing rampage, suggested a terrorist motivation.

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The knife attacker, not identified yet, was shot dead by police, it added.

The attack took place near the city's main opera house, in the 2nd arrondissement.

Details about the identity of the attacker was not disclosed.

The interior minister, Gérard Collomb, hailed the "sangfroid" and quick response of police who shot the attacker.

French President Emmanuel Macron offered his prayers to Saturday's victims and thanked police for their swift action.

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The first call to police was placed at 8.47pm local time (1847 GMT), officers were on the scene within five minutes, and the attacker was "neutralised" within nine minutes of that first call, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told reporters.

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