The news coming out of France this afternoon says two women have been killed in an attack by a man with a knife reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” at Marseille’s main train station and one of the dead’s throat was slit.
Police have evacuated the Saint Charles station, with officers and soldiers taking up positions outside.
No Motive for the attack has been established yet, counter – terrorism probe is now underway says the Paris prosecutors.
French police have warned people to avoid Marseille’s main train station amid reports of the knife attack.
A police source said it was probably a “terrorist attack” and anti-terrorism prosecutors have taken charge of the investigation.
A police source said the assailant was armed with “at least two knives”.
After attacking the women, he lunged at soldiers patrolling the station, who opened fire. He died a few minutes later.
Another witness, Hajar told France Info radio: “I heard two shots, that was what triggered the panic.
“People came out of the waiting room shouting ‘Run! Don’t stay in the station. Everybody outside.
Samia Ghali, a local senator, urged the public to be vigilant against attacks. “At any time, in any place, the threat may return,” she said.
According to the Paris police the attacker has been shot dead at the scene.
Interior Minister Gerard Collomb tweeted that he’s going immediately to the scene “after the attack perpetrated near Saint Charles train station.”
The train station has been evacuated.
Credit AP News 2 women killed in French train station attack