Paris stabbing: Several injured by knifeman in attack at central Gare du Nord station

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Reports are coming in that a man has been taken down by police following a knife attack on several people.

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The man who allegedly stabbed several people is “neutralised”, according to reports (Image: Lionel)

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An off-duty police officer has shot and arrested a man in his 30s who injured five people including a police officer during a knife attack in Paris, local reports have said. A police source told journalists an officer had used their weapon towards the knife-wielding man at the Paris train station Gare du Nord. 

The attack took place at 6.45am this morning (Wednesday 11 January) in the station.

The reason for the attack is currently unknown.

The off-duty police officer in civilian clothes was his way home when he reportedly subdued the man by shooting him in the arm and chest, a source told the publication Europe1. According to the publication, a policeman from the Border Police (PAF) is among those injured.

French rail company SNCF reported: “The emergency services intervened and the person evacuated. A security perimeter has been established but the station continues to operate 

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The reporter Catherine Fournier from FranceInfo said at 6.41am (UK time)  her publication had “learned from a police source that a police officer used his weapon in the direction of an individual who injured several people with knives at Gare du Nord”.

The French Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin, thanked the police for their “effective and courageous response” to the attack.

He said the man was “quickly neutralised”.

Train times are currently disrupted by up to an hour because of the attack.

The attack follows a shooting that left three dead and three wounded near Gare du Nord last month.

A “far-right racist” ex-train driver was arrested after he “blindly” fired a gun in the capital, causing “total panic” on Paris streets.

Un individu a blessé plusieurs personnes ce matin à la Gare du Nord. Il a rapidement été neutralisé. Merci aux forces de l’ordre pour leur réaction efficace et courageuse.

— Gérald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) January 11, 2023

William M, 69, who also attacked a migrant camp with a sword last year, started shooting near the Ahmet-Kaya Kurdish Cultural Centre. 

The facility is in a popular part of the city, also near to Gare du Nord.

In another incident in Gare du Nord, a man who threatened police officers with a knife was shot dead at around 7.00am on February 14, 2022.

Gare du Nord is one of the biggest train stations in the city and includes a Eurostar terminal that takes people to the UK. 

We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story.

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