ISLAMIC TERRORISM returned to France on Sunday as a man shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“Our God is Greater”) killed two women in a frenzied knife attack at Marseille’s main railway station before being shot dead by soldiers.
Telegraph The two victims were aged 17 and 20, police said. The Muslim attacker, reportedly aged about 20, was armed with two butcher’s knives, police said. He was known to the authorities for theft, drug dealing and other crimes but had not been flagged as a potential terrorist.
Dominique, a tearful witness, described how he grabbed one of the women from behind and slit her throat. “She couldn’t have seen a thing,” she told CNews television. “She was lying in a pool of blood as I ran away. I heard two shots fired. It must have been the soldiers.”
Police were questioning about 10 witnesses to the attack last night.
A terrorism investigation was opened after security services reviewed CCTV footage of the attack. It showed the assailant sitting on a bench shortly before he killed one woman. He then fled but turned back to attack the second victim before running towards soldiers who were rushing to the scene. They shot him twice just outside the station.
President Emmanuel Macron said he was “deeply outraged by this barbaric act”. He congratulated the soldiers who “reacted with calmness and efficiency” and said he shared the pain of the victim’s families and friends.
France has been hit by a string of Islamic terrorist attacks, most of which have been claimed by the Islamic State. The security forces themselves have been targeted repeatedly. A man who had pledged allegiance to Isil stabbed a policeman to death outside his home and killed his partner in their living room last year.