BYSTANDERS PELT KNIFE ATTACKER WITH METAL BALLS
Seven people were treated for serious injuries in Paris Monday after an Afghan man armed with a knife and an iron bar went on the rampage.
Bystanders playing pétanque, or boules, helped overpower the assailant by throwing heavy metal balls at him after he slashed at strangers on the banks of a canal in the northeast of the capital on Sunday night. A bystander managed to disarm the assailant after chasing him with a group of people. Police believe the man may be a drug addict; locals said the nearby area of Stalingrad has a crack problem.
The suspect has been arrested. “Nothing at this stage shows signs of a terrorist nature in these assaults,” said a police source, adding that the attacker had targeted “strangers in the street.”