A man has been shot dead by French army personnel after fatally attacking two women at a train station in Marseille, France.
Two women, aged 17 and 20, were stabbed to death by the assailant in the southern port city on Sunday.
French police are describing the incident as a “likely terrorist act”.
According to local sources, the suspect, who was carrying a butcher’s knife, shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) as he attacked the women.
One had her throat slit and the other was stabbed in the chest and stomach.
The attacker is thought to be approximately 30 years old and of North African appearance.
The French military’s anti-terrorism unit had been patrolling nearby when the attack occurred and were first at the scene.
The soldiers have been deployed since the 2015 attacks in Paris, which killed 130 people.
The train station was evacuated and police cordoned off the area.
Meanwhile, France’s counter-terrorism prosecutor has opened an investigation into the attack, but said no motive had been immediately given.
French president Emmanuel Macron condemned the attack and praised the reaction of the security services on Twitter.
“I hail the Operation Sentinelle soldiers and the police forces who reacted with extreme calmness and efficiency,” Macron wrote.
Profondément indigné par cet acte barbare, en peine avec les familles et les proches des victimes de Marseille.
Je salue les militaires de Sentinelle et les policiers qui ont réagi avec sang froid et efficacité.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) October 1, 2017
Here are some images from the scene.
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