French police gunshot a man near Paris after a deadly stabbing
VILLEJUIF: French police shot and killed a man nearby Paris Friday after he rampant with a knife in a park, killing one person and injuring two more, prosecutors said.
Religious documents were found that included a copy of the Koran among the man's belongings, but there was no evidence that the man had been influenced by radical Islamists, a spokesman for prosecutors said.
The attacker had a history of mental illness, had been admitted to the hospital a few months ago and was in psychiatric treatment, the spokesman said.
The attack happened in the town of , about 8 km (5 miles) south of central Paris . Police cordoned off the area, and ambulances and police vehicles lined a road approaching the park.
The attack occurs when the French capital has been shaken by major attacks that have resulted in massive casualties in the last four years.
The two injured victims were being treated at nearby hospitals, Laure Beccuau, the prosecutor whose office handles the case, told reporters.
The suspect tried to attack other victims during his murderous spree, who were able to escape, he said.
Laurent Nunez, the vice minister of Interior, visited the scene and said the attacker would probably have hurt more people if the police had not shot him when they did. It was an extremely brave act, Núñez said about the police response.
The prosecutor's spokesman said the attacker, identified only as Nathan C., was born in 1997 in Lilas, a northeastern suburb of Paris .
A witness described having heard the attacker shout Allahu Akbar or God is great during the knife attack in the park, according to the spokesman.
But he said: We have no evidence that allows us to assume that there has been a radicalization. The man was not known for domestic intelligence services and had no criminal record, the spokesman said.
During the attack, the man first attacked a woman. The woman's spouse intervened to protect her, and in the process was fatally stabbed. The woman was not seriously injured, the spokesman said.
In October last year, four people were stabbed to death at the Paris police headquarters by Mickael Harpon, an IT specialist working for the police. Prosecutors said that Harpon, who was shot dead by police, had come under the sway of radical Islamists.
Coordinated bombings and shootings by Islamist militants in November 2015 at the Bataclan theatre and other locations around Paris killed 130 people in the deadliest attacks in France since World War II.