Terrorism investigation following Paris knife attack

French police secure the area after a man was shot dead at a police station in the 18th district in Paris France

French police secure the area after a man was shot dead at a police station in the 18th district in Paris France

One person has been killed in a knife attack in Paris with a further four wounded according to French officials.

Shortly before 9pm (1900 GMT) a knife-wielding attacker struck on Rue Monsigny, close to Place de L'Opera, an area of central Paris filled with restaurants, bars and tourist attractions.

Police shot and killed the man shortly after the attack began, French authorities said.

According to Parisian police, two of the injured are in critical condition.

After the attack, French President Emmanuel Macron said that "France once again pays the price of blood" and that the country would not cede to "enemies of freedom".

Counter-terrorism police were predicted to guide the investigation after Prosecutor Francois Molins instructed colleagues that witnesses learned that the suspect yelling, "Allahu Akbar" - "God is great" in Arabic.

"The individual died. Another person, seriously injured (by the attacked) died from their injuries".

A police source confirmed that there had been a knife attack in the city without giving any details.

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"The attacker entered a shopping street, I saw him with a knife in his hand", he said.

Inside Minister Gerard Collomb denounced the assault in a tweet, which translated as, "My first ideas are with the victims of this odious act".

Currently, the area of the scene completely cordoned off by police.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement released by its propaganda agency.

"I was on the cafe terrace, I heard three, four shots, it happened very fast", said 47-year-old Gloria. "I then spoke to eyewitnesses who told me a man stabbed multilple people at random".

France has been repeatedly targeted by IS and experienced multiple deadly attacks.

Paris police tweeted that the attack occurred Saturday evening in the 2nd arrondissement or district of the French capital.

"The French people will no longer be content with talk, they expect action", she said.

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