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7 Injured In Paris Knife Attack, Including 2 British Tourists, Suspect Arrested

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| September 10 , 2018 , 10:12 IST

A total of 7 people, including 2 British tourists, were wounded on Sunday in Paris after they were attacked by a man armed with a knife and an iron bar. From the total wounded, 4 are said to be in critical condition. The suspect, believed to be an Afghan national has also been arrested and no terror angle has so far been identified.

According to a source quoted by AFP, “Nothing at this stage shows signs of a terrorist nature in these assaults,” and that the attacker had targeted “strangers in the street”.

The incident took place around 11 PM local time on the banks of the Canal de l’Ourcq, in the northeast of Paris. The suspect was carrying an iron bar in addition to a 25-30 cm (10-11 inches) long knife with which he attacked the victims.

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Around 20 people started to chase the assailant who dived into an alleyway where he hid behind two British tourists and attacked them as well. The Le Parisien newspaper said that one of the British tourists suffered a chest injury while the other was stabbed in the head.

The attacker was finally arrested by the Paris Police's Anti-Crime Brigade (BAC) and a police investigation has been launched for attempted murder.

The attack on Sunday is the latest in several knife attacks in France in recent months, with terrorism being ruled out in most of the instances.

On August 23 in a town near Paris, a 36-year-old man stabbed his mother and sister to death, seriously injuring another person before being shot dead.

Earlier, on August 13 in the town of Perigueux in southwestern France an Afghan asylum-seeker was arrested for a drunken rampage with a knife injuring 4 people, out of which 1 person was seriously injured.