Paris stabbing: Several injured in knife spree, suspect arrested

Minnie Murray
September 10, 2018

A scissors-wielding man in Paris has stabbed a postman in the throat and tried to attack other passersby, local TV channel reports.

Four people were injured seriously in the attack.

The attacker, who was described as an Afghan national, went on to target other victims in the head and chest, Le Parisien reports.

Anne Hidalgo wrote: "I extend my full support and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured six that night in the 19th arrondissement, in an attack". Police secures the site of a knife attack in Paris, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018.

A man has been arrested and the incident is not being treated as terrorism, police said.

According to French police, the attack is not being deemed terror-related at this stage following the man's arrest.

An investigating source said the suspect was conscious in hospital but had not not spoken since the attack. "They started throwing petanque balls at him", Najah said.

"We said to them: 'Watch out, he has a knife.' But they didn't react".

Witnesses told Agence France Presse the man was also carrying an iron bar.

On Twitter, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb praised the "courage and reactivity" of those who intervened.

Four of those injured were reported to have sustained serious injuries, and one remained critical.

Armed with a 15-inch blade and a metal bar, he first stabbed two men and a woman outside the MK2 cinema complex. France has been on high alert following a string of jihadist attacks in recent years, often by people who have become radicalised or claim to have acted in the name of the IS group.

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