A lone attacker, yelling “God is Great” in Arabic, stabbed to death at least one person and wounded four others in central Paris’ opera district on Saturday night before police shot him dead, authorities said.
City prosecutor François Molins told reporters counterterrorism authorities are investigating the attack as terrorism based on the “Allahu Akbar” declaration, claims of responsibility by the Islamic State and the manner of attack.
The Amaq News Agency, the Islamic State’s media outlet, said “the person who executed the stabbing in Paris is a soldier of the Islamic State” and acted in response to calls to attack anti-Islamic State coalition countries. The claim was not substantiated and French officials outright didn’t say the attack was linked to the terrorist group.
French police earlier said the male, unnamed assailant was shot dead. Among the four hospitalized, two were in grave condition and two others sustained minor injuries.