Paris attacker born in Chechnya; parents detained

Erika Holt
May 13, 2018

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The attack took place in the heart of the French capital in a district popular with tourists for its many restaurants and cafes, landmark retail stores, and the Paris opera.

One person has died and seven others are injured after a knifeman attacked bystanders in Paris.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility, according to the SITE monitoring group, but provided no corroborating proof.

"I was working in the restaurant and suddenly I heard a woman screaming ... he came and attacked her", said Jonathan, a witness working nearby who wouldn't provide his last name.

The knife-wielding assailant involved in the attack in a lively neighbourhood near Paris' famed Opera Garnier was killed by police at 9pm Saturday, local time.

The attacker was neutralized by police, said Interior Minister Gerard Collomb.

Later in the evening the IS group said it was behind the attack, in a brief statement posted on its news outlet. In a tweet he hailed the "reaction of the police who neutralised the attacker".

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Milan, 19, said he saw "several people in distress" including a woman with wounds to her neck and leg.

In a tweet sharing his condolences for the victims, French President Emmanuel Macron labeled the attacker a "terrorist".

A police source said he also shouted: Kill me or I kill you.

"Given the modus operandi, we have turned this over to the counterterrorist section of the Paris prosecutor's office", Mr Molins told reporters from the scene. The woman was bleeding and the attacker appeared behind her.

He said the four people injured were recovering and "out of danger" and that authorities were working to identify the suspect along with anyone who may have helped him. He said his first thoughts were "with the victims of this heinous act".

Police first tried to stop the assailant with a stun-gun before shooting him dead, nine minutes after he began the attack.

The mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo expressed his condolences to the relatives of the deceased and wounded, saying that all Parisians feel sorry for them.

Many described scenes of panic as Parisians realised a potential terror attack was underway in a city that has been hit by multiple deadly jihadist assaults in recent years.

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