Police: 1 dead, 4 injured in Paris knife attack; suspect dead

Christal Hayes and Jabeen Bhatti, USA TODAY
Published 4:11 p.m. ET May 12, 2018 | Updated 5:15 p.m. ET May 12, 2018

PARIS — At least one person is dead after a man armed with a knife stabbed five people in the city’s opera district, according to police. 

The four others injured in the attack were hospitalized. Two were in serious condition and two others had minor injuries. 

Police said on Twitter they are investigating a knife attack and said the suspect died in the incident. French media reports that police shot and killed him. 

A motive was not immediately clear. 

Paris has been under higher security in recent years after a string of deadly terror attacks throughout Europe, many of which were claimed by the Islamic State.

In November 2015, the city was targeted by a series of coordinated terror attacks. The deadliest happened at the Bataclan concert hall, where 90 people were shot and killed. 

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb denounced the knife attack in a tweet and thanked the police for acting. He said his thoughts were with the victims. 

Footage from the scene shows people running from the incident and one person in the middle of a city street, apparently wounded. 

Charles Pellegrin, a French journalist, said he was leaving a comedy show in the area when he was told to go back inside because of a “madman with a knife.” 

Then, he said, he heard sirens and what sounded like two loud pops. 

Paris’ opera district is known for its history and architecture. It’s a popular tourist spot in the city, known not only for its shows, but also for shopping and dining. 

Hayes reported from McLean, Va.; Bhatti reported from Paris

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