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Man shouting 'Allahu Akbar' kills 2 in Marseille before being shot dead

Soldiers patrolling the area gunned down the suspect

AFP | PTI  |  Marseille 

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Soldiers stationed in Marseille after the attack that claimed two lives. French government has deployed around 7,000 troops across the country to guard high-risk areas such as transport hubs, tourist sites and religious buildings. (Photo: PTI)

A man armed with a knife killed two people at the main train station in the Mediterranean port city of on Sunday before being shot by soldiers patrolling there, local officials said.

"Two victims have been stabbed to death," regional police chief Olivier de Mazieres told AFP, referring to the attack which occurred at 1:45 pm (local time).

Local prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux said the knifeman had been shot by soldiers, while the police urged people in the city to avoid the area around Saint-Charles station.

The deaths came with still on high alert following a string of terror attacks which began in January 2015 when jihadist gunmen stormed the offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, killing 12.

The government has since launched Operation Sentinelle, deploying around 7,000 troops across the country to guard high-risk areas such as transport hubs, tourist sites and religious buildings.

The knifeman is believed to have shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) before assaulting passers-by, a source close to the investigation told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The attacks since 2015 have left 239 people dead, according to an AFP count before Sunday's incident.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb posted on Twitter that he would travel to immediately.

First Published: Sun, October 01 2017. 20:22 IST
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