2 women killed in knife attack in French train station
- Author: Adam Floyd Oct 03, 2017,
Oct 03, 2017, 1:24
In a statement, the UK Foreign Office said: "Following an incident at Marseille St Charles train station we are advising British nationals in the vicinity to take care and follow the advice of the local security authorities".
The two victims, both women, were 17 and 20 years old.
The scene has been sealed off and police have asked people to avoid the area. In addition, authorities are investigating the incident as terrorism and are now probing any ties that the suspect may have had to terror organizations.
There were few details on the attacker's identity.More news: Horrifying Footage Shows Moment Plane's Engine 'Disintegrates' In The Sky
The soldier was part of a Sentinelle patrol, a force deployed across France in the wake of Islamist attacks that began about two years ago.
A witness told the Reuters news agency that she saw a man pull out a knife from his sleeve and then stab a young girl and a woman while shouting something that sounded like "God is greatest" in Arabic.
Police shut down and sealed off the station and French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb immediately went to Marseille.
One had her throat slit by the knifeman, who was seen on video camera footage striking his first victim from behind and then fleeing - only to return to launch a frenzied attack on her cousin.
The Saint-Charles station is a similar one where four Americans contemplating overseas succumbed to corrosive assaults a month ago.
Clarke said the attacks, however deadly, suggest ISIS' capabilities have been degraded from the large, complex operations like Paris in November 2015 or Brussels in March 2015.