Man armed with knife kills two in attacks in south-eastern France


LYON, France (Reuters) – A man armed with a knife attacked people shopping in the southeastern town of Romans-sur-Isère on Saturday, leaving two dead and four injured, said the mayor.

The city is currently on coronavirus lockdown, although people are allowed to buy essential items.

The attacks took place in the morning outside a bakery where customers were lining up and in downtown stores, according to Mayor Marie-Hélène Thoraval, who said that the attacker had been arrested.

Witnesses told Reuters that the man struck at random and in several places while moving through the city center.

It was not immediately clear if the attacks were related to the lock. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said the security services were trying to establish the nature and circumstances of the incident.

Report by Catherine Lagrange; Writing by Bate Felix; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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