At least one person is dead and eight others injured during a mass-stabbing at the Place de l’Opéra in central Paris.
DERNIÈRE MINUTE : Attaque au couteau dans le 2ème arrondissement de Paris (secteur proche métro Quatre Septembre).
Plusieurs victimes. pic.twitter.com/Di3NoGkual
— Remy Buisine (@RemyBuisine) May 12, 2018
Police have confirmed the attacker is dead.
Footage from the scene shows people running in panic and a body covered in blood.
CNN affiliate BFM-TV said there is no known motivation for the attack at this time.
I was in a restaurant rue saint Augustin in the 2eme arrondissement , crowd panic, blood, a guy with a knife in the streets and people screaming, avoid the area if you can 🙏🏼 #Paris
— Fiona Zanetti (@FionaZanetti) May 12, 2018
Disturbing footage purportedly filmed from the window of Hotel Louvre Marsollier on Rue Marsollier, where the attack took place, was posted by Carol Drummond on Twitter.
It showed people running through the streets in a panic, as a body lays on a crosswalk in the street.
Any one care to suggest as to WHY? I can assure you that video went VIRAL within minutes by agencies
Presumably, Paris will shortly follow London’s lead and ban knives too.
— #FvnkS0u1 © Русский бот (@NexusModel9) May 12, 2018
Paris police have yet to identify the motive of the attacker and determine whether the attack was linked to terrorism, although ISIS was quick to claim responsibility.
— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) May 12, 2018
Several media outlets, citing witnesses, reported that the assailant shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great” in Arabic) as he attempted to charge at the diners in one of the restaurants at the scene. One witness, identified only as Fiona, told the Independent that the visitors of a local restaurant barricaded themselves inside against the rampaging attacker.