One person has been killed and three injured in a knife attack in the French suburb of Villereuf on January 3. The suspect in the attack has been killed by the police.
French officials said the attack took place at around 2 p.m. in a park in the residential district of Villeruve. The suspect suddenly attacked passers-by and gym-goers, and many were stabbed and wounded. The suspect fled the scene and was killed by police in the neighboring city of Railros.
France's interior ministry confirmed that that night that one of the people who had been attacked was seriously injured and two others were still being treated. The mayor of Villeriff said the victims were a 56-year-old Villeriff native who was attacked by a suspect while trying to protect his wife. Mayor Railros said the suspect had fled to a market in the city and may have attempted to continue the attack, but was later killed by police. He thanked the police for their prompt response.
The two locations linked to the attack were cordoned off by police. A large number of police and rescue vehicles remained on standby. The police appealed to the public not to go to the incident area.
French officials have yet to disclose the identity of the suspect and it is unclear whether any of his associates are at large. Witnesses say the suspect is in his 20s. French radio station RTL quoted witnesses as saying police had shot the suspect at least 15 times.
French Interior Minister Castane expressed condolences to the families of the victims and injured in the attack and said the investigation would be based on facts. The police will focus on the suspect's motives.
There have been numerous knife attacks in France over the past year, with the suspect having no specific target and a high degree of arbitrariness, which poses a great threat to the personal security of ordinary people. (end)