A mujahid in the southern French city of Marseille went on a rampage today, attacking and killing two women with a knife before being shot dead by police. His cry of “Allahu Akhbar” during the attack made his “terrorist” intent clear.
Many thanks to Ava Lon for translating this news report, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
Below is a report on the incident from The Jerusalem Post:
Man Shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ Kills Two at French Train Station
MARSEILLE – Two women were stabbed to death and their assailant shot dead by soldiers in the southern port city of Marseille on Sunday in what police sources described as a “likely terrorist act.”
Three police sources said the suspect had shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest) as he carried out his attack at Marseille train station. No further details were immediately available.
Police cordoned off the area.
France has been in a state of emergency following a spate of attacks by Islamist militants over the last two years, including attacks in Paris in November 2015 which killed 130 people. Other countries, including Britain, Germany and Belgium, have also suffered attacks using knives, guns, explosives and vehicles.
A witness told Reuters she saw a man take out a knife from his sleeve and then stab a young girl and then a second woman, shouting what could have been “Allahu Akbar.”
She added that she saw soldiers from France’s Sentinelle force who were patrolling in the area arrive on the public square at the Gare Saint-Charles station.
“After the attack carried out next to Marseille Saint-Charles, I am immediately going to the site of the attack,” French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said on Twitter.
French media reported that one of the women had her throat slit, while the second woman was stabbed in the stomach. Reuters could not confirm that information.
“We have generally avoided these sort of attacks in Marseille,” regional president Renaud Muselier, who was speaking from the site of the attack, told BFM TV. “I think the security services responded extremely quickly. It’s difficult to do more because when you see the distance between the two bodies and the attacker it’s only 10 meters, so they intervened quickly.” Security forces have increasingly been targeted by militants who have carried out several knife attacks on them, most notably in June 2016, when a Frenchman who pledged allegiance to Islamic State stabbed a police commander to death outside his home and killed his partner.
|00:00||A girl, who was on a bench, about five or six meters from me, he grabbed her by the throat|
|00:04||and there I froze, I told myself|
|00:08||I’m dreaming, it’s a nightmare, or what?|
|00:12||And there he started screaming Allahu Akhbar, and there|
|00:16||I didn’t try to understand, I escaped on the run. I just saw that this girl|
|00:20||was covered with blood, that there was another girl a little further away who was bleeding,|
|00:24||and there were guys who were trying to block the perpetrator, you know,|
|00:28||civilians, who were trying to [catch] him.|
|00:32||After that I ran away. I have two small children, I thought,|
|00:36||I had to think about my life.|
|00:40||I ran inside the train station, and I don’t know anything any else. And then there were|
|00:44||shots fired, the shots of… I think the cops|
|00:49||tried to kill him, and then I don’t know, we were evacuated|
|00:53||and that was an hour ago. —How did that evacuation go?|
|00:57||Well, we were all at the train station, and they told us to go|
|01:01||to the train station, inside the train station, and after that we’re waiting, you know —|
|01:05||You went… well, why were you at the train station? —Well, I had a next train to catch|
|01:09||in two hours, so I sat outside in the sun|
|01:13||Voilà. About ten meters from me.|
|01:17||The emotional eyewitness account, you just heard: after that knife attack|
|01:21||three people are dead, including the attacker. According to official sources|
|01:25||from now on the anti-terrorist prosecutor will investigate; we are closely following|
|01:30||the development of the situation and of the investigation.