Seven injured in Paris knife attack

Seven injured in Paris knife attack

Seven injured in Paris knife attack

The attacker was reportedly tasered by police and arrested.

"At this stage, there is nothing to indicate that it could be a terrorist attack", according to a police source, who says the man attacked "strangers in the street".

The attacker was arrested in the Quai de la Loire district, situated along the popular Villette Canal Basin, about 4km north of central Paris.

There has so far been no initial indication the assault was linked to terrorism, according to French authorities.

Thierry, a witness quoted on BFM TV, said a group of people then assailed the attacker. They started throwing pétanque balls at him.

Eyewitness Youssef Najah, 28, told Agence France-Presse he was walking along the canal near a bowling green when he saw a man running and holding a large knife.

"We said to them: 'Watch out, he has a knife.' But they didn't react".

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Interior Minister Gerard Collomb in a statement praised those who intervened to stop the attack for their "responsiveness and courage".

A judicial source said a police investigation was under way for attempted murder.

France has seen smaller lone-wolf attacks in recent months.

Four of those injured were reported to have sustained serious injuries, and one remained critical. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo thanked police for arresting the man and the petanque players who intervened.

In June, a woman stabbed two people with a box cutter in a supermarket in Toulon.

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

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