Troops shoot man af­ter he kills women

Ter­ror probe over knife­man

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - WORLD NEWS -

Two women were killed by a knife­man who was then shot dead by sol­diers in Marseille’s main rail­way sta­tion.

French po­lice warned mem­bers of the pub­lic to avoid Saint Charles sta­tion, tweet­ing that an oper­a­tion was un­der way.

Sol­diers and po­lice took up po­si­tions out­side the sta­tion, which was evac­u­ated.

One woman was stabbed to death and the other woman’s throat was slit, sources said.

The as­sailant was shot dead by sol­diers who were pa­trolling in­side the sta­tion.

France’s pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron said he was “deeply out­raged” by the “bar­barous” knife at­tack.

Mr Macron also paid trib­ute to the French sol­diers as­signed to do­mes­tic se­cu­rity who the pres­i­dent said re­sponded with cool heads and ef­fi­ciency.

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

Mr Macron’s prime min­is­ter Edouard Philippe also praised the sol­diers who shot the sus­pect and stopped the “killing frenzy”.

He ex­pressed con­do­lences to the vic­tims’ fam­i­lies and con­cern for Marseille res­i­dents.

The Paris pros­e­cu­tors’ of­fice said a counter-ter­ror­ism in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been opened.

No fur­ther de­tails were im­me­di­ately given, in­clud­ing the mo­tive for the at­tack.

In Lon­don a ‘knife­man’ was ar­rested in Ox­ford Street.

Metropoli­tan Po­lice of­fi­cers were called at 2.32pm to reports of a 45-year-old man seen with a knife. There were no in­juries.

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