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Paris Knife Attack : 7 British tourists injured, Afghan national taken into custody

10 September, 2018, 12:28 | Author: Lucille Rivera
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Seven people have been injured after the attack including two English tourists.

Eyewitness Youssef Najah, 28, said he was walking beside the canal when he saw a man running and holding a knife about 25-30cm (10-11 inches) long. "They started throwing pétanque balls at him", he said.

One of the British tourists was stabbed in the head, while the other was "cut in the chest", reports suggested. We said to them: "'Watch out, he has a knife".

Authorities were trying to determine if the attacker, who was arrested, is among the seven injured.

'He had an iron bar in his hand which he threw at the men chasing him, then he took out a knife, ' he told AFP.

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There is no initial sign the attack was linked to terrorism.

The man is believed to have stabbed three people at the cinema before several people outside tried to tackle him.

In May, a Chechnyan national attacked four people in Paris with a knife, killing one and injuring four.

The attacker has been arrested by French police in the Quai de la Loire district, situated along the popular Villette Canal Basin.

More than 240 people have been killed by Islamic extremists since a massacre at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in Paris in January 2015.

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