One dead and four in­jured as knife­man runs amok in Paris ‘ter­ror at­tack’

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Bar­bara Jones

TER­ROR re­turned to the streets of Paris last night as a crazed at­tacker wield­ing a knife killed one per­son and in­jured four oth­ers.

Wit­nesses said po­lice first tasered the knife­man be­fore shoot­ing him dead after he taunted them: ‘Kill me or I’ll kill you.’

Re­spected news­pa­per Le Fi­garo and the French TV Chan­nel Europe 1 both re­ported that by­standers heard the man shout­ing ‘Al­lahu Ak­bar’ as he car­ried out the atroc­ity.

French au­thor­i­ties were last night treat­ing the in­ci­dent as ter­ror­ism­re­lated, and Is­lamic State claimed the man was one of its ‘sol­diers’.

Peo­ple hid in restau­rants and door­ways as po­lice gave chase, then cor­doned off the area in the cen­tral 2nd ar­rondisse­ment, around the Opera House.

About 100 peo­ple were evac­u­ated from the area, which was full of drinkers and din­ers.

Amid the panic and con­fu­sion, there were fears of an­other mass at­tack in the city where, in Novem­ber 2015, three heav­ily armed ter­ror­ists stormed the Bat­a­clan con­cert venue and opened fire, killing 90 peo­ple.

Last night, French po­lice said the as­sailant was not car­ry­ing any iden­tity doc­u­ments but they be­lieved he was in his 20s. His 29-year-old vic­tim had been stabbed in the throat.

French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron said: ‘All my thoughts are with the vic­tims and wounded of the knife at­tack per­pe­trated in Paris, as well as their loved ones.

‘On be­half of all the French, I salute the courage of the po­lice of­fi­cers who neu­tralised the ter­ror­ist.

‘France pays once again the price of blood but does not give an inch to the en­e­mies of free­dom.’ Paris mayor Anne Hi­dalgo de­clared the city had once again been ‘maimed’ but added that she wanted vic­tims to know ‘ev­ery Parisian is at their side’.

One wit­ness, iden­ti­fied only as Glo­ria, 47, told Le Fi­garo: ‘I heard sev­eral shots in quick suc­ces­sion. I knew it was the po­lice.’

Jonathan, a waiter at a restau­rant in the Place de l’Opera, said: ‘It looked to me as though the man did not fear any­thing. I got the im­pres­sion he was mad or drugged.

‘I saw him wan­der­ing the streets with a knife in his hands and a lot of blood. He seemed to be stab­bing peo­ple at ran­dom, at­tack­ing any­one who crossed his path.’

A restau­rant worker told BFM TV that the man ‘took off his coat and ran di­rectly to­wards the po­lice’ be­fore they opened fire.

AF­TER­MATH: A man lies bleed­ing in a Paris street fol­low­ing last night’s at­tack

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