Two killed in stabbing at Marseille train station

Police officers patrol outside Marseille Saint Charles train station a day after a man fatally stabbed two women outside the train station in Marseille southern France Monday Oct. 2 2017. The assailant was killed by soldiers immediately after the

Sunday's incident comes amid strong fears from possible terrorist attacks in France following the series of attacks executed by ISIS- or Qaeda-linked fundamentalists in the last years.

The attacks were gruesome, as the BBC relays. "I heard someone shout "Allahu Akbar" and I saw a man who seemed to be dressed all in black".

French police officers block access on the stairs leading to Marseille 's main train station. But officials also took pains to emphasize the circumstances of the attack were far from clear.

There was an acid attack on four American women in their 20s in the same train station two weeks ago.

People in the surrounding area have been warned to avoid Saint-Charles station, which has been evacuated and cordoned off, The Guardian reported.

The investigation is now underway to ensure the authenticity of the ID submitted in Lyon, which the Marseille suspected attacker didn't have on him at the time of the attack.

On Sunday, one victim was stabbed to death while the other had her throat slit, according to Agence France-Presse and other news media outlets, citing police officials.




The statement issued in Arabic said the attacker "implemented the operation as an answer to the call of targeting the coalition countries".

The soldiers at the station were part of Operation Sentinelle, which involves widespread army foot patrols as a deterrent measure after a series of terrorist attacks in France since early 2015.

"This act could be terrorist in nature, but at this time we cannot confirm it", Collomb said at a press briefing in front of the station.

French President Emmanuel Macron says he is "deeply outraged" by the "barbarous" incident, and also also paid tribute to the French soldiers assigned to domestic security - who the president said in a tweet responded with cool heads and efficiency.

In November 2015, 130 people were killed in a series of coordinated attacks in the capital.

French Interior Minister GĂ©rard Collomb has announced on Twitter he is travelling to Marseille in wake of the attack to liase with anti-terror police chiefs.

20 April 2017 - A known terror suspect opens fire at police on the Champs Elysees in Paris, killing one and wounding two.

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