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Relief: French policemen recover after the knife attack in Romans-sur-Isere, south of Lyon, at the weekend. Photo: Jeff Pachoud/Getty

Relief: French policemen recover after the knife attack in Romans-sur-Isere, south of Lyon, at the weekend. Photo: Jeff Pachoud/Getty

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Relief: French policemen recover after the knife attack in Romans-sur-Isere, south of Lyon, at the weekend. Photo: Jeff Pachoud/Getty

A third person has been detained in an anti-terrorism investigation in France over a knife attack south of Lyon that left two people dead.

All three of the suspects are Sudanese, the French anti-terror prosecutor's office said.

On Saturday, a man attacked residents with a knife in the small town of Romans-sur-Isere, injuring several people in addition to the two fatalities. Residents, who were in lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, were carrying out permitted food shopping.

France's counter-terrorism prosecutor's office said the assailant was arrested minutes after as he was kneeling on the sidewalk praying in Arabic. It said one of his acquaintances also was detained.

Prosecutors didn't identify the suspect but said he was Sudanese and born in 1987.

During a subsequent search of his home, authorities found handwritten documents that included arguments about religion and a complaint about living in a "country of unbelievers".

Irish Independent