French Authorities Open Antiterror Probe Into Paris Knife Attack

French Authorities Open Antiterror Probe Into Paris Knife Attack

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo also offered her prayers and said she wanted the victims to know "all Parisians are by their side".

The attack comes as France is under a constant threat from terrorism.

The attack occurred in a popular tourist destination, not far from the right bank of the Seine river.

Paris Authorities said that perpetrator who carried out the stabbing attack in the center of Paris on Saturday was overpowered by police.

Paris Prosecutor François Molins told reporters the evening's bloodshed, where authorities confirmed an attacker wielding a knife murdered one person, is already being investigated to determine whether it was an act of terror.

Even the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for Saturday nighttime's knife attack, declaring it had been in a reaction to is is' demands supporters to target individuals of their USA -led army coalition squeezing the extremists out of Iraq and Syria, the Aamaq information bureau said in a statement.

The Aamaq statement did not provide evidence for its claim or details on the identity of the assailant, who was apparently killed by police.

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Paris police said the attacker died.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb, writing in French on Twitter, praised the "responsiveness of the police forces who neutralized the assailant".

Paris has been under high security in recent years after a string of deadly terror attacks commissioned or inspired by the Islamic State, in which dozens of people have been killed.

"France once paid the price of bloodstream but didn't offer a inch into the enemies of flexibility", Macron mentioned in another, rebellious tweet.

"A person attacked five people in the second district of Paris".

Citing local media reports, a foreign news website has stated that the attacker, a north-African man in his mid-twenties, shouted "Allah hu Akbar" while carrying out the attack.

The motive for the assault stays unclear however police stated that the suspect focused the 5 individuals.