Knife Attack at Paris Train Station Leaves Three Injured; Suspect Arrested

February 3, 2024 - Reading time: 2 minutes

One person suffered serious injuries to the abdomen, while two others were lightly wounded, Paris police prefect Laurent Nunez said.

A fourth person went into shock after witnessing the assaults.

A terrorist attack has been ruled out at this stage, and an inquiry into attempted murder launched.

The stabbing took place less than six months before Paris hosts the 2024 Olympics with an expected 15 million visitors.

Paris prosecutors said the suspect could have used a knife and a hammer that were under analysis.

“The suspect did not cry out (any religious slogans) during his attack,” a police source said. “He presented the police an Italian driving licence”, which gave his date of birth as Jan 1, 1992.

His Italian papers were in order, showing he had lived legally in the country since 2016 and had no criminal record.

The suspect told police that he suffered from “psychiatric problems” and he was carrying medicine, said Mr Nunez.

“We will see if terrorism can be ruled out, after checks under way on his telephone records, life in Italy and comments to investigators,” he added.

Passers-by overpowered the man before railway police arrived on the scene, the police source said.

“A thank you to those who overpowered the man who carried out this unbearable act,” said Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin on X, formerly Twitter.

The attacker’s motives remained unclear.

The Paris prosecutor’s office has launched an inquiry into the attack, while the national anti-terrorist prosecutor said it is observing proceedings at this stage.

Each year, more than 100 million passengers go through the Gare de Lyon, France’s biggest mainline rail hub.

The area between halls one and three were temporarily inaccessible, rail operator SNCF said on X.

Services to the Paris region were delayed, SNCF said, referring only to “an act of criminal intent”. AFP

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