A mad knife maker stabbed two people to death and injured seven others in France.
The attacker shouted “Allahu Akbar” before stabbing “at least nine people” who were shopping in Romans-sur-Isère, in southern France, according to local media.
One of the injured is in critical condition at the hospital.
The attack around 11am this morning comes on the third week of foreclosure in France due to the coronavirus, which has killed more than 6,500 people in the country alone.
A mad knife maker stabbed two people to death and injured seven in France. Pictured: emergency services on site
The alleged attacker – who said he was from Sudan – stabbed a Romanian resident who had just left his home for his daily walk, according to local media.
He slit the man’s throat in front of his girlfriend and son.
As a result, the attacker entered a tobacco store, stabbed the tobacco and two customers, then entered the local butcher’s shop, the report added.
He grabbed another knife from there and attacked a customer with the blunt end before entering a supermarket.
Some buyers took refuge in a nearby bakery.
Prosecutors have not identified the alleged assailant who has lived in France since 2017 and has refugee status according to Le Point.
One of the injured is in critical condition at the hospital. In the photo: the police at the scene
They said he had no documents but claimed to be Sudanese and to have been born in 1987.
Images taken shortly after the attack show emergency services at the scene.
The anti-terrorist prosecution said it was assessing whether the attack was motivated by terrorism, but that it had not taken any formal steps to treat it as such.
As part of France’s strict lockdown, all residents must stay inside, except for the essential outside, such as shopping or going to the doctor.
The country has more than 83,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 6,500 have died from the virus.
The attack comes the third week of foreclosure from France due to the coronavirus, which has killed more than 6,500 people in the country alone. In the photo: police at the scene after the attack
The attacker allegedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” before stabbing “at least nine people” who were lining up to enter the bakery in Romans-sur-Isère, in southern France, according to local media. In the photo: the scene after the attack
There have been a number of knife attacks in France in recent months.
In January, French police shot and wounded a man in Metz who was brandishing a knife and shouting “Allahu akbar”.
Two days earlier, another man had been shot dead by the police after having fatally stabbed one person and wounded two others in a Paris suburb.