IS claims responsibility for Paris attack: SITE monitoring

IS claims responsibility for Paris attack: SITE monitoring

IS claims responsibility for Paris attack: SITE monitoring

The Amaq News Agency said "the person who executed the stabbing in Paris is a soldier of the Islamic State".

Four people were wounded in the attack. The French police later shot dead the man, claimed the authorities.

Another witness told BFMTV she was eating with friends in a restaurant when she saw somebody passing by shouting for help, pursued by another person.

"On behalf of all the French, I salute the courage of the police officers who neutralized the terrorist", French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted Saturday night.

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French prosecutors said they are treating the attack as a terrorist incident. The attacker killed a 29-year-old man and wounded four others before being shot by police. The deadliest happened at the Bataclan concert hall, where 90 people were shot and killed.

France on high alert: Security has been heightened in France following a series of attacks in recent years that have been inspired by or carried out by IS. The statement also said the assailant acted in response to calls to attack anti-Deash coalition countries.

Shortly before 9pm (1900 GMT) a knife-wielding attacker struck on Rue Monsigny, close to Place de L'Opera, an area of central Paris filled with restaurants, bars and tourist attractions.

RTL radio reported, citing a judicial source, that the parents of the attacker are being held for questioning by the police. The Islamic State extremist organization claimed the attack, according to a US analysis company that monitors its publications.

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French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb is holding a special security meeting Sunday to address the attack, which was claimed by the Islamic State group and is being investigated by counterterrorism authorities.

A police officer cordons off an area after a knife attack Saturday in central Paris.

One witness, who gave her first name Maxine, said panic spread as word got out that an attack was taking place. A source told Reuters the attacker was not previously known to police.

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