A man killed two women with a knife at the main Marseille train station on Sunday afternoon, an incident French authorities are investigating as a terrorist attack.
French police on patrol at the station shot the attacker dead at the scene, according to a Twitter statement from the Marseille branch of France’s national police. The attacker’s identity has not yet been disclosed.
“Profoundly outraged by this barbaric act, in pain with the families and relatives of the Marseille victims,” French President Emmanuel Macron wrote on Twitter. Gérard Collomb, France’s Interior Minister, was dispatched to Marseille late Sunday afternoon, where he met with local authorities about the case.
The St. Charles train station was immediately evacuated, and the SNCF, France’s national railway system, suspended service to and from France’s second-largest city.
In mid-September, the same train station was the site of another attack, in which a woman threw acid onto a group of four visiting American students, all in their 20s. Marseille police did not classify that earlier incident as terrorism, reporting instead that the assailant had “a psychiatric history.”
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SOURCE: The Washington Post, James McAuley