French police arrest suspect in Paris knife attack

An SNCF employee walks on an empty platform of the Gare de Lyon train station in Paris on April 3, 2020, during a COVID-19 lockdown in France. — AFP

At least three people were injured as a result of a knife attack early on Saturday in the Gare de Lyon rail station in Paris, police said adding that the suspected attacker has been arrested.

While sharing details of the attack which was carried out at around 8am, a police source said: “The suspect did not cry out (any religious slogans) during his attack. He presented the police an Italian driving licence.”

According to the authorities, two of the victims suffered light wounds while the third was more seriously hurt but was not in a life-threatening situation, Reuters reported.

The suspected assailant’s motive was not immediately clear.

According to The Sun, the major station connects domestic trains around France as well as ones to Switzerland, Italy and the Eurostar.

Part of it was closed down following the surprise spree on Saturday morning.

Le Parisien reports that the suspect has “psychiatric disorders”, but this has yet to be confirmed by police.

Additionally, they also say that there is no suggestion of terrorist links yet as the investigation remains at such an early stage.

French rail operator SNCF said on X: “There is an intervention by the police and emergency services currently in Hall 1 and 3 which makes them temporarily inaccessible.”

The operator also informed passengers and visitors of possible delays following the incident.

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