Two British tourists among seven people injured in Paris knife attack


Seven people have been injured, four seriously, in an attack by a man armed with a knife and an iron bar in the French capital, Paris, police say.

The incident which occurred Sunday evening (local time) 4 km north of central Paris in the city's 19th arrondissement is not related to terror, Le Parisien reports.

One of the British tourists was stabbed in the head, while the other was "cut in the chest", reports suggested.

A man has been arrested and the incident is not being treated as terrorism, police said.

Minutes earlier another group of people had been attacked next to a cinema near the Bassin de la Villette, an artificial lake.

Eyewitness Youssef Najah, 28, said he was walking beside the canal when he saw a man running and holding a knife about 25-30 cm long.

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"He had an iron bar in his hand which he threw at the men chasing him, then he took out a knife", a security guard outside a movie hall told AFP. They started throwing pétanque balls at him.

A police investigation has been launched for attempted murder, according to a judicial source.

Police officers work on the scene of a knife attack in Paris, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018.

Four of the injured are known to be in serious conditions in hospital.

Le Parisien says that three people were stabbed at MK2 Cinema, and the others were attacked nearby.