Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Seven Wounded, Including Two British Tourists in Paris Knife Attack

Seven Wounded, Including Two British Tourists in Paris Knife Attack

French police have arrested a man who wounded seven people, including two British tourists, in Paris late Sunday.

The incident took place just after 11pm on the banks of a canal in the northeast of the capital.

A witness said: "He was challenged by a group of petanque players who threw their metal balls at him".

A bystander fought off the attacker with balls from a petanque game, a local kind of bowling, until police arrived.

There were conflicting reports about the offender's nationality, with Le Parisien saying he was of Afghan decent, while a local TV report suggested the man was from Pakistan.

Seven people have been injured in a knife attack in Paris on Sunday night.

A man was arrested by police following the incident, and is now being held in custody.

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Among the injured were two British tourists.

Four of those injured were reported to have sustained serious injuries, and one remained critical. The officer had no information about the identities of the injured. He was unconscious when he was arrested and taken to hospital.

"Around four or five balls hit him in the head, but they weren't able to stop him", he added.

The Paris prosecutors' office is handling the investigation.

France has seen smaller lone-wolf attacks in recent months. And in August, a 19-year-old Afghan Asylum seeker stabbed four people in the southwestern French town of Perigueux, injuring four.

In June, a woman stabbed two people with a box cutter in a supermarket in Toulon.

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