PARIS, Jan 11 (Reuters) – A person attacked and wounded six people at the Gare du Nord practice station in Paris on Wednesday morning, leaving one with severe accidents, earlier than being shot by off-duty cops, authorities mentioned.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin informed reporters the person attacked travellers with what appeared like a home-made weapon at 0642 CET (0542 GMT) at the doorway and contained in the station. Police had earlier mentioned the person had used a knife or blade.
Within a minute, off-duty cops returning house after an evening shift shot the attacker thrice, Darmanin mentioned.
Gare du Nord, one of many busiest stations in Europe, is the arrival level of the Eurostar practice from London and a significant gateway to the north of Europe.
Asked about attainable terrorist motives, Darmanin mentioned a legal investigation had been opened however that up to now no investigation for terrorism had been opened.
He mentioned the attacker, who has been taken to hospital with life-threatening accidents, had mentioned nothing throughout the assault and had no identification papers on him. One of the six injured is a police officer, Darmanin mentioned.
Police secured the world following the assault. Radio franceinfo, quoting rail operator SNCF, mentioned trains have been working usually.
In February 2022, police killed a person who attacked them with a knife at the Gare du Nord station. In October 2017, a person who stabbed two people at the Marseille practice station was shot and killed by troopers.
Reporting by Alain Acco, Bertrand Boucey, Sudip Kar-Gupta and Dominique Vidalon; writing by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Andrew Heavens and Alison Williams
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