A knife-wielding murderer has been killed in Paris’ 2nd District, but not before he injured up to eight others and took the life of one more.
Police are saying they don’t have a motive and warning people not to “spread rumors”.
— Ministère de l'Intérieur (@Place_Beauvau) May 12, 2018
One person has been killed and five wounded in a knife attack in Paris, French police say.
They say the attacker – who has not been identified – was shot dead by police. Two of the injured are in a serious condition.
The incident happened in the Opera district of central Paris.
Witnesses spoke of panic, as people tried to hide in restaurants and cafes from the streets. The motive for the attack was not immediately known.
The witnesses say police officers first tried to taser the attacker – but then fired two shots after this failed to stop the assailant, France24 reports.
French police warned the public not to spread rumours.
The Opera district is renowned for its vibrant nightlife, attracting tourists from around the world.
France has been on high alert following a series of attacks over the past three years. Some have been claimed or inspired by so-called Islamic State (IS).
DERNIÈRE MINUTE : Attaque au couteau dans le 2ème arrondissement de Paris (secteur proche métro Quatre Septembre).
Plusieurs victimes. pic.twitter.com/Di3NoGkual
— Remy Buisine (@RemyBuisine) May 12, 2018
— Mark Owen (@markowenf24) May 12, 2018
I was in a restaurant rue saint Augustin in the 2eme arrondissement , crowd panic, blood, a guy with a knife in the streets and people screaming, avoid the area if you can 🙏🏼 #Paris
— Fiona Zanetti (@FionaZanetti) May 12, 2018