Knifeman Kills Two, Wounds Multiple Others in Southeast France: Mayor

April 4, 2020 Updated: April 5, 2020

LYON, France—A man armed with a knife attacked people out shopping in France on Saturday, killing two and wounding several others, the mayor said.

The town is currently under the CCP virus lockdown, although people are allowed out to buy essentials.

The anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office told The Associated Press the attack took place at 11 a.m. in a commercial street in Romans-sur-Isere.

The alleged attacker was arrested by police nearby. Prosecutors did not identify him. They said he had no documents but claimed to be Sudanese and to have been born in 1987.

Prosecutors said other people were also injured but couldn’t confirm French media reports that there were seven other casualties, of whom one is in critical condition.

The office said it is evaluating whether the attack was motivated by terrorism, but that it has not launched any formal proceedings to treat it as such.

Like the rest of France, the town’s residents are on a CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus-linked lockdown.

Police officers investigate after a man wielding a knife
Police officers investigate after a man wielding a knife attacked residents venturing out to shop in the town under lockdown, in Romans-sur-Isere, southern France, on April 4, 2020. (AP Photo)

The victims were carrying out their weekend food shopping on the street that has bakeries and grocers, the office said. Two-meter distancing is being encouraged as in the rest of the country.

Media reported that the attacker first went into a tobacco shop and stabbed the tobacconist and two customers, before attacking several other people in the vicinity of that shop and a nearby bakery.

There have been a number of knife attacks in France in recent months. In January, French police shot and injured a man in Metz who was waving a knife and shouting “Allahu akbar.”

Two days earlier, another man was shot dead by police after he stabbed one person fatally and wounded two others in a Paris suburb.

Reuters and Epoch Times staff contributed to this report.