Man fatally stabs two at French train station; shot dead

Aaron Brown
October 3, 2017

The suspect was identified by his fingerprints, which matched those taken during seven previous incidents registered by police since 2005, Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters.

Two women were stabbed to death in an ISIS-claimed attack in Marseille in southern France. In addition, authorities are investigating the incident as terrorism and are now probing any ties that the suspect may have had to terror organizations.

The "Islamic State" (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack in a post on its Amaq propaganda agency, describing the assailant as one of the group's "soldiers". No further details were immediately available.

France has deployed troops and its air force to the Middle East and is a leading partner in the US-led worldwide coalition fighting IS in Iraq and Syria, where the extremists are being driven back.

The broadcaster said that one woman was stabbed to death, while the second woman's throat was slit. The Islamic State said the attacker was one of its "soldiers".

French soldiers patrol outside the Marseille railway station. A lone female attacker with a history of mental health problems was arrested at the scene in that case, and at the time authorities said terrorism was not suspected.

In a tweet, he paid tribute to the French soldiers who responded "with cool heads and efficiency".

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French president Emmanuel Macron condemned the attack and praised the reaction of the security services on Twitter.

In a statement, the UK Foreign Office said: "Following an incident at Marseille St Charles train station we are advising British nationals in the vicinity to take care and follow the advice of the local security authorities".

The latest attacked caused train delays in the port city.

The pair were attacked by a man, aged around 30, who reportedly shouted Allahu Akbar, before he fatally stabbed the women outside the Saint-Charles train station on Sunday afternoon.

Franceinfo quoted a witness as saying that he shouted out "God is great" in Arabic. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly about the investigation.

Passengers cross the street by a police auto blocking the access to Marseille 's main train station.

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