A muslim man carrying a knife and shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ killed two female passengers before being shot dead by soldiers at Marseille’s train station in southern France.
EDITOR’S NOTE: A Muslim man slaughters two people in France while shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ and not a single news outlet in all of Europe will call it Islamic terrorism. This is why Islamic terrorists love to target countries that are welcoming of Islam, like the other Muslim terror attack in Canada today. Until these nations become proactive instead of reactive, and until they can utter the words ‘Islamic terrorism’ without using the modifiers of ‘radical’ and ‘extremist’ , attacks like these today will only continue.
The attack at Marseille’s busiest train station took place early this afternoon, as scores of armed police officers and soldiers swarmed the area. Both victims were women, with one left with a ‘sliced neck’. Local official Oliver de Mazieres told AFP: ‘Two victims have been stabbed to death.’
The prosecutor for the area Xavier Tarabeux said the knife man was shot by soldiers, while Marseille police urged people in the city to avoid the area around Saint-Charles station. The prosecutor’s office in Paris said in a statement the probe would focus on ‘killings linked to a terrorist organisation’ and the ‘attempted killing of a public official’, two terror-related charges.
Early pictures from the scene showed a woman lying on the ground and armed police standing over a man on the floor. It was not immediately clear whether that was the attacker or another man being arrested.
– Knifeman kills two women
– Shouted “Allahu Akbar”
– Other injuries unknown
– Attacker shot DEAD
– “Terrorist attack” pic.twitter.com/xorGHGxg0E
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A police source said 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.
‘The two were killed by a knife, and then solider on anti-terrorism duties intervened. They shot the man dead’ said the source.
He added that the suspect shouted Allahu Akbar – Arab for ‘God is the Greatest’ – during the attack.
The soldiers were part of Operation Sentinel, a wide ranging security operation involving armed patrols dispersed all over France. Local prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux said the assault took place just before 2pm.
Within half an hour, the station and the area around it was in lockdown, with people being told to stay away. French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb has announced he is travelling to Marseille in wake of the attack to liaise with anti-terror police chiefs.
A spokesman for Mr Collomb’s department said: ‘Anti-terrorist prosecutors have opened an enquiry, and the terrorist theory is privileged.’ France remains under a state of emergency following a series of attacks by Islamist radicals linked to Islamic State and Al-Qaeda. source