February 9, 2023

Paris: A knife-wielding attacker wounded six people in an unprovoked attack at the busy Gare du Nord train station in Paris on Wednesday before being shot by police, the French interior minister said.

The man had attacked several people, including a police officer, with a “blade weapon” at around 6:43 a.m. local time. Gerald Darmanin told reporters at the scene. He said the unidentified assailant was currently “between life and death” in a hospital.

Police officers secure access to Eurostar trains linking France with Great Britain, at the Gare du Nord train station.Credit:access point

Several passengers and a border police officer were among the injured, according to authorities. The assailant stabbed the officer in the back, but was saved by a bulletproof vest, Darmanin said. Another of the other victims was seriously injured in the shoulder blade and was taken for emergency treatment.

Darmanin thanked the police “for their effective and courageous reaction.”

Video from the Gare du Nord, one of the busiest commuter stations in the French capital, showed an eerie calm as dozens of police huddled near the entrance to the Eurostar terminal in areas cordoned off from the public.

Authorities have not suggested any specific motive, including terrorism.

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