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Paris attack: one dead, two injured, according to the French Interior Minister


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French police secured the Bir Hakeim bridge after the Paris attack on December 2.


Paris, France
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French police have arrested a man suspected of killing one person and injuring two others in a knife and hammer attack in central Paris.

The attack took place in Bir Hakeim, near the Eiffel Tower, French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin told journalists at the scene on Saturday evening.

He said the man arrested was a French citizen known to the intelligence services.

One man – a German tourist born in the Philippines – was killed in the attack and two others were injured, but their lives were not in danger, he added.

One of the police officers who responded to the scene used a Taser to neutralize the attacker, Darmanin said. The suspect’s life is not in danger, he added.

“After his arrest, he said he could no longer bear to see Muslims dying in Afghanistan and Palestine,” Darmanin said.

Speaking to reporters, Darmanin said the suspect was born in France in 1997 and was sentenced to four years in prison in 2016 for planning “violent action.”

The suspect was known to intelligence services to suffer from “serious psychiatric disorders,” Darmanin added.

The minister said police told him the attacker allegedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the assault.

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French President Emmanuel Macron called the incident a terrorist attack and said France’s anti-terrorism prosecution would open an investigation.

“I send all my condolences to the family and loved ones of the German national who died this evening,” Macron wrote in a message on X in the early hours of Sunday.

He also thanked the French emergency services.

“The national anti-terrorist prosecution will now have the mission of shedding light on this matter so that justice is done in the name of the French people,” Macron wrote.

Videos taken at the scene showed the arrival of police cars, ambulances and Paris firefighters, while heavy traffic was diverted. Numerous cordons have also been put in place.

Members of the public are advised to avoid the area.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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