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Two dead in Paris knife attack

French police at the scene of the attack in Paris. Photo: 12 May 2018Image copyright
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French police have sealed off the area in Paris’ 2nd district

One person has been killed and five wounded in a knife attack in Paris, French police say.

They say the attacker – who has not been identified – was shot dead by police. Two of the injured are in a serious condition.

The incident happened in the Opera district of central Paris.

Witnesses spoke of panic, as people tried to hide in restaurants and cafes from the streets. The motive for the attack was not immediately known.

The witnesses say police officers first tried to taser the attacker – but then fired two shots after this failed to stop the assailant, France24 reports.

French police warned the public not to spread rumours.

“Please only share information coming from a trusted source,” the police tweeted.

The Opera district is renowned for its vibrant nightlife, attracting tourists from around the world.

France has been on high alert following a series of attacks over the past three years. Some have been claimed or inspired by so-called Islamic State (IS).

Two dead in Paris knife attack

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