Monday 19 February 2018

Man shot dead at Marseille train station after 'killing two in knife attack'

French police officers stand outside Saint-Charles train station in Marseille on October 1, 2017, after a man armed with a knife killed two people before being shot by soldiers patrolling the area. / AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOISBERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images
French police officers stand outside Saint-Charles train station in Marseille on October 1, 2017, after a man armed with a knife killed two people before being shot by soldiers patrolling the area. / AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOISBERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images
This picture obtained on the twitter account of Stan Marcelja and taken on October 1, 2017 shows French police on the stairs leading to the Saint-Charles main train station in Marseille, southern France, after a man armed with a knife killed two people. / AFP PHOTO / TWITTER / Stan MARCELJA / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / TWITTER / STAN MARCELJA" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS STAN MARCELJA/AFP/Getty Images
Saint-Charles train station in Marseille / AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULATANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images
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A man was shot dead by soldiers at a train station in Marseilles after fatally stabbing two people, according to reports.

The prosecutor's office told local media that a man attacked passers-by with a knife before being shot by soldiers.

Police declined to speculate about the motives of the killer, who attacked passers-by with a knife, according to local reports. The victim has yet to be identified.

The attacker also injured several people, according to local reports.

The interior minister, Gérard Collomb, will travel to Marseille “immediately”, his office announced.

A number of people took to social media to say that the area had been evacuated.

In a tweet the Police Nationale 13 warned people to avoid Gare Saint Charles in the southern French city.

Actu 17 is reporting that shots were first heard by passengers shortly after 2pm local time (1pm GMT).

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