Man Shot Dead by Police After Injuring Four People in Paris Stabbing Attack

French police officers at a security cordon near a public park in Villejuif, south of Paris.
Photograph: Christophe Petit-Tesson/EPA

Police shot dead a man who stabbed several people in a Paris suburb in a knife attack that left one person dead and at least two others seriously injured.

Armed officers were called at around 2pm on Friday after the man stabbed several people – apparently at random – near a park and busy shopping centre in Villejuif, south of the French capital.

Loïc Travers, spokesman for the Alliance police union, said the attacker was shot three times.

Local mayor Vincent Jeanbrun told French television the man was shot and killed as he attempted to flee into the neighbouring suburb at L’Haÿ-les-Roses. Shoppers at a nearby commercial centre were instructed to remain inside.

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SOURCE: The Guardian, Kim Willsher