One person killed in Paris knife attack, attacker also dead

Policemen stand guard in Paris centre after one person was killed and several injured in a knife attack in Paris

Policemen stand guard in Paris centre after one person was killed and several injured in a knife attack in Paris

Policemen stand guard in Paris centre after one person was killed and several injured in a knife attack in Paris on May 12, 2018.

A police source confirmed there had been a knife attack without giving further details.

The Paris prosecutor says that the attacker yelled "Allahu akbar", the Arabic phrase for "God is great", and that the attack is being investigated as an Islamist terrorism incident.

The identity of the attack suspect and reason for the attack are unclear. Paris has been under extra security in recent years after a string of deadly Islamic extremist attacks.

French interior minister Gerard Collomb tweeted: "Aggression to #Paris: I salute cool composure and responsiveness of the police forces that have neutralised the assailant".

French authorities are denouncing a knife attack in central Paris that French media say left two dead including the assailant.

The Islamic State group's news agency claims that a man who stabbed five people in Paris was a "soldier" of the extremist movement.

"At this stage, we have turned this over to the counterterrorist section of the Paris prosecutor's office", Molins told reporters from the scene. The other two suffered less serious injuries.

The normally crowded opera district, a hotspot for tourists that's surrounded by bars, restaurants, boutiques and theaters, was replaced by swarms of police and ambulances.

Another witness described leaving the opera house and being told to go back inside because of the attack.

"I was on the cafe terrace, I heard three, four shots, it happened very fast,"said 47-year-old Gloria. Then I went out to see what was going on, and then I saw a man on the ground", she added".

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