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Police kill man who stabbed passer-by to death in Paris park

At least two other people are reported to have been stabbed during the attack.

Police at the scene of the stabbing
Police at the scene of the stabbing
Image: PA

A MAN HAS been shot dead by police after he attacked passers-by seemingly at random in a Paris park, killing one person and injuring two others. 

A police official said officers fired repeatedly at the man because they feared he was wearing an explosive belt and might blow himself up.

The man’s motives were not immediately clear. A witness said he saw the attacker stab one man and that he appeared to select victims at random.

“We heard screams,” said the witness, who gave only his surname, Dia. Police fired round after round in bringing him down, he added.

“We heard a first shot, someone shout, ‘Drop your weapon!’” he said. Then “there were several shots fired”.

Officials said one victim died and two others were injured in the afternoon attack in Villejuif in the southern suburbs of Paris.

Interior Ministry official, Laurent Nunez, has travelled to the scene of the stabbings accompanied by Paris police chief Didier Lallement.

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