A man shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ has stabbed two women to death with a butcher’s knife before being gunned down by soldiers in Marseille.
The victims, aged 17 and 20, suffered horrific injuries during the ‘frenzied’ attack, with one slashed in the throat and the other stabbed in the chest and stomach.
Eyewitnesses told how a man ‘dressed in black’ launched himself at the two women, who screamed for their lives as others ran for safety.
The assailant was gunned down by soldiers who were on patrol inside Saint Charles train station at the time as part of France’s ongoing state of emergency.
The suspect, thought to be aged 25 to 30, was known to authorities for common law crimes while analysis of his fingerprints came up with several aliases.
Photographs from the scene showed a woman lying on the ground and armed police standing over the attacker. A white sheet was later placed over his body.
In a tweet, President Emmanuel Macron said: ‘Deeply outraged by this barbaric act, in pain with the families and relatives of the victims of Marseille.
‘I hail the Operation Sentinelle soldiers and the police forces who reacted with extreme calmness and efficiency.’
Marseille mayor Jean-Claude Gaudin said he believed the incident to be a ‘terrorist attack’, while interior minister Gérard Collomb said it ‘could be’ related to terror.
A police source added: [‘The stabbings were] frenzied and took place in front of lots of witnesses. The man first shouted threats and then launched into the two women.
So, to clarify…a man dressed in black, with no identification, screams “Alluha Akbar,” and goes on “frenzied” attack of innocent passengers at France’s busiest train station while shouting threats, and France’s Interior Minister says, “it could” be related to terror? Well, duh… it surely wasn’t related to the boy scouts! Can we just stop with the political correctness and admit that Europe has screwed itself when their liberal leaders threw down the “welcome” mat for unvetted immigrants from terror hotbed nations?
‘The two were killed by a knife, and then soldiers on anti-terrorism duties intervened. They shot the man dead.’
He added that the suspect shouted Allahu Akbar – Arab for ‘God is the Greatest’ – during the attack.
He was estimated to be aged between 25 to 30 years and no had no identification papers on him.
The soldiers were part of Operation Sentinel, a wide-ranging security operation involving armed patrols dispersed all over France.
It is thought to be the latest in a long series of Islamic State atrocities across France and the rest of Europe. -Daily Mail