Paris knife attack: What we know so far

French officials say an assailant shouting "Allah Akbar" killed at least one person and wounded four others in a knife attack in Paris late on Saturday before he was shot dead by police.
Forensic officers and a French policemen inspect the area in Monsigny street in Paris after a knife attack on May 12, 2018.
Forensic officers and a French policemen inspect the area in Monsigny street in Paris after a knife attack on May 12, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP, REUTERS) - An attacker crying "Allahu Akbar" killed one person and wounded four others on the streets of Paris on Saturday (May 12) evening before being shot dead by police.

Here is what we know so far:


Shortly before 9pm (3am Sunday, Singapore time) a knife-wielding attacker struck on Rue Monsigny, close to Place de L'Opera, an area of central Paris filled with restaurants, bars and tourist attractions.

Two witnesses and a judicial source said the man was shouting "Allahu Akbar (God is greatest) during the attack.

Many described scenes of panic as Parisians realised a potential terror attack was underway in a city that has been hit by multiple deadly militant assaults in recent years.

"I was taking orders and I saw a young woman trying to get into the restaurant in panic," Jonathan, a waiter at a Korean restaurant, told Agence France-Presse. The woman was bleeding and the attacker appeared behind her. He said a young man tried to fend off the attacker who then fled.

"The attacker entered a shopping street, I saw him with a knife in his hand," he said. "He looked crazy".



According to sources with knowledge of the case, the man attacked random people in the street. The dead victim was a man in his 30s. A 34-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman were seriously wounded and rushed to hospital.

A 26-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man were slightly wounded.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb later told reporters that all four were out of danger.

"I have just seen the person who was most seriously injured, she is better, she is saved," he said.


French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said police were on the scene "within five minutes" of the attack. Some nine minutes later, the assailant was dead, he added.

A police source told AFP one officer tried to restrain the attacker with a taser but when that failed a colleague shot the man dead.

"The speed of the response obviously avoided a heavier toll," Mr Philippe said.


The attacker was a naturalised Frenchman born in Russia’s Chechnya region in 1997, judicial sources said on Sunday (May 13). 

The unnamed assailant shouted “Allahu akbar” (God is greatest) as he also wounded four others, among them a Chinese and a Luxembourg citizen, before police shot him dead, officials said. 

The 21-year-old assailant had been categorised as “fiche S”since 2016, government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said – a designation officials use to flag people who may be a threat to national security. 

He became French when his mother obtained citizenship in 2010, Griveaux said in a joint interview with broadcasters LCI and RTL and newspaper Le Figaro. 

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group claimed responsibility, according to the SITE monitoring group, but provided no corroborating proof.