BY­STANDERS PELT KNIFE AT­TACKER WITH METAL BALLS

Calgary Herald - - WORLD -

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.”

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