A man reportedly stabbed six people on Wednesday at the busy Gare du Nord station in Paris before being shot and apprehended by police, authorities said.
One of the six people was seriously wounded in the attack at 6:42 am (0542 GMT), while the other five sustained light injuries. According to the Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin ,the entire incident was over within two minutes at the scene.
Police were treating the stabbings as attempted murder, not as a terrorist attack, a source said.The attacker’s motive was not immediately clear,the type of weapon the attacker had used was also sketchy.
Police initially described it as a bladed weapon. Darmanin later said it was not actually a knife, but a “threatening weapon”.The attacker however sustained injuries to the chest after police fired three rounds. “He was taken to hospital where he was fighting for his life.The police who intervened were off-duty officers in plain clothes who used their service weapons to stop the attack,” Darmanin added.
Unfortunately,one member of the border police deployed at the station was lightly injured.The incident caused delays to trains at the station in the early morning rush as police cordoned off the station, and set up large white curtains around the attack scene but no services were cancelled, according to a spokesman for rail operator.
The Gare du Nord is a busy commuter hub that also serves as a departure point for trains to northern France, London, and northern Europe.