French anti-terror prosecutor now probing Paris suburb knife attack

A man armed with a knife has attacked passers-by in a southern Paris park, injuring some, before being shot by police, French officials said.

Armed officers were called at around 2pm on Friday after the man stabbed several people - apparently at random - near a park and busy shopping centre in Villejuif, south of the French capital.

The case of the attack in the Park until transferred to the prosecution leading cases on anti-terrorism.

Local media have said that one of the victims has died, while two others have been taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The attacker, who was carrying religious materials including a Quran during the attack, shouted "Allahu Akbar", or "God is great", according to a witness, the prosecutor's spokesman said. No accomplice has been identified.

French police at a security perimeter at the Hautes-Bruyeres public park in Villejuif, near Paris.

Two women injured in the attack have left the hospital.

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Sources told AFP two people were injured in the attack and the assailant killed. He had recently converted to Islam.

The attacker was shot dead by police in a neighbouring suburb.

But he said: "We don't have evidence that would allow us to suppose there has been a radicalisation".

France's anti-terrorism prosecutor has taken over the investigation into Friday's fatal knife attack near Paris.

France has been hard hit by a string of attacks, many by jihadist extremists, since 2015, with more than 250 killed in total.

In October of this year, a radicalised computer operative working at the Paris Prefecture stabbed four of his colleagues to death.

  • Sonia Alvarado