VIA- The Guardian

A knifeman fatally stabbed two women at the main train station in the southern French city of Marseille on Sunday afternoon before soldiers on patrol shot him dead.One of the victims was stabbed while the other had her throat slit by the man who is believed to have shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest”) at the start of the attack, a source close to the investigation told Agence France-Presse. Anti-terror prosecutors have opened an investigation into “killings linked to a terrorist organisation” and the “attempted killing of a public official”. But investigators remained prudent and did not make conclusive remarks about the nature of the incident. The investigation has been handed to central police forces, not anti-terrorism police. The interior minister, Gérard Collomb, said: “It might be a terrorist act, but at this point we can’t say so with certainty, so I prefer to wait and see.” He said the man attacked the first woman, then retraced his steps to attack a second woman nearby. The attacker, who was reported to be in his 30s, was not carrying identity documents. AFP quoted a source close to the inquiry who suggested the man was known to police for criminal offences.


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