One killed in Paris ‘Islamic State’ knife attack

A knifeman has killed one person and wounded four in a suspected terror attack in central Paris, French officials say.

The attacker was then shot dead by police in the Opéra district. Witnesses say they heard him shout “Allah Akbar”.

So-called Islamic State (IS) later said one of its soldiers carried out the attack on Saturday evening. It took place in an area renowned for its nightlife. People ran for cover into cafes and restaurants.

The anti-terrorism unit of the Paris prosecutor’s office has launched an investigation.

France has been on high alert following a series of attacks. More than 230 people have been killed by IS-inspired jihadists in the past three years.

The deadliest violence occurred on 13 November 2015, when gunmen and suicide bombers struck various venues in Paris almost simultaneously – killing a total 130 people.

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