Paris knife attack: what we know

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   ATTACK A knifeman has been shot dead after stabbing several people in Paris

AFP news agency, citing sources, said a 34-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman were seriously hurt, while a 26-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man were slightly wounded.

The attack occurred on Saturday night, in one of the Central districts of Paris.

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

The suspect had shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest), witnesses said.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility, according to the SITE monitoring group, but provided no corroborating proof. A source told Reuters the attacker was not previously known to police.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb, writing in French on Twitter, praised the "responsiveness of the police forces who neutralized the assailant. They encircled him and he tried to attack them with a knife but they shot him down", he told reporters.

Paris police officers evacuated people from some buildings in the Right Bank neighbourhood after the attack.

People tried to hide in restaurants and cafes from the streets during the attack, which started at 9:30 p.m.

The claim was not substantiated and French officials outright didn't say the attack was linked to the terrorist group. Four people were wounded, two of whom were hospitalized in serious condition.

" The administrator of the stabbing operation in the city of Paris is a soldier of the Islamic State and the operation was performed in action to the calls to target the union states", the WEBSITE Intel group reported the Amaq Firm, ISIS's media wing, as having stated. "We were told to get into a bar quickly". He tweeted, "My first thoughts are for the victims in this odious attack".

He said a woman the attacker had stabbed ran into into the restaurant bleeding.

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.

Witnesses described scenes of panic as Parisians realized another potential terror attack was underway in a country already reeling from a string of extremist assaults in the last three years that have killed more than 245 people.

A report from the BBC's Sarah Rainsford in 2016 spoke of the fear that the fighters would return to carry out terrorist attacks at home.

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