Islamic State claims responsibility for knife attack in Paris
13 May 2018, 01:14 | Isaac Mcdaniel
A police source confirmed there had been a knife attack without giving any further details
A knife-wielding assailant killed one person and injured four others in a lively neighborhood near Paris' famed Opera Garnier before he was killed by police in the French capital Saturday night. The prosecutor's office on counterterrorism has launched an investigation into the incident.
"Once back inside we heard sirens and 2 gun shots".
Another witness told BFMTV she was eating with friends in a restaurant when she saw somebody passing by shouting for help, pursued by another person.
France "will not yield an inch to the enemies of freedom", President Emmanuel Macron said shortly after the attack, praising police officers for "neutralizing the terrorist". The attacker killed a 29-year-old man and wounded four others before being shot by police. When officers arrived minutes later, he threatened them and was shot dead, according to police union official Yvan Assioma.
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.
IS claimed that one of its "soldiers" carried out the attack, according to the SITE monitoring group.
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The stabbing attack took place at about 21.30 in Paris' second arrondissement where Paris' opera and prestigious residential areas are located.
The alleged attacker was killed by police.
Several people have been stabbed at the Place de l'Opéra in central Paris, with police confirming the attacker has been neutralized.
French police have been criticized in the past for failing to prevent attacks.
There was no immediate information about the suspect's motive.
The French interior minister is holding a special security meeting Sunday to address the attack, which was claimed by the Islamic State group. The IS claimed responsibility via its Amaq news agency, but provided no proof for its claim. "All my thoughts are with the victims and the wounded from the knife attack perpetrated in Paris tonight, as well as their loved ones".
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