Two dead and seven injured in knife attack in south of France

Cheryl Sanders
April 4, 2020

Two people have been killed and others have been injured in a knife attack in south-east France during the coronavirus lockdown.

The attack took place at a shopping centre and on a road in Romans-sur-Isere before police apprehended the man at 11:00 am local time. Prosecutors did not identify him. They said he had no identification but claimed to be Sudanese and to have been born in 1987.

A crazed knifeman stabbed two people to death and injured seven others outside a bakery in France.

They also did not confirm reports that the man shouted "Allahu akbar" (God is great) as he carried out the attack.

The attack comes on France's third week of lockdown due to the coronavirus, which has killed more than 6,500 people in the country alone.

Investigations into whether the attack was motivated by terrorism are underway, but no formal proceedings to treat it as such have been launched. The victims were out food shopping on a street lined with shops, authorities said.

French counterterrorism police are investigating the incident.

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