Published: Mon, October 02, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Man fatally stabs two at French train station; shot dead

Man fatally stabs two at French train station; shot dead

The St. Charles train station in the southern French city of Marseilles was the scene of a vicious stabbing attack on Sunday afternoon.

Earlier this month, four American university students studying overseas were splashed with acid at Saint Charles, the same train station that was the scene of Sunday's attack.

The suspect used a butcher knife in the attack at the Saint Charles train station, and it was reportedly unprovoked and random.

A total of 239 people, excluding the two victims of the Sunday attack in Marseille, have been killed in attacks in France since January 2015.

Some witnesses reported hearing the assailant shout "Allahu akbar", Arabic for "God is great", Collomb said.

The Paris prosecutor's office, which oversees all terror cases in France, said it had opened a counterterrorism investigation of the Marseille attack.

He said: "We were taken out (of the shop) but the police, I was surprised, intervened very, very quickly, a first team then security forces arrived regularly after that and in numbers".

'People came out of the waiting room shouting 'Run!

France has deployed troops and its air force to the Middle East and is a leading partner in the US-led global coalition fighting IS in Iraq and Syria, where the jihadists are being driven back.

Police declined to speculate about the motives of the killer, who attacked passers-by with a knife, according to local reports.

RT is also reporting that one person has been killed in the attack.

But doctors said later that the man had severe mental problems and discounted any terror link. Operation Sentinelle calls for troops to patrol the areas and "key sites", The Guardian stated, which include metro stations, mosques, and even nursery schools, among other sites.

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