Police in a Paris suburb shot a man dead after he went on a rampage with a knife, killing one person and injuring two others. French officials gave no motive for his attack but believe he would have claimed more lives.
The incident took place at a park in the town of Villejuif, about eight km south of central Paris, prosecutors said.
Franck Le Bohellec, the commune’s mayor, identified the person who died as a 56-year-old local who was walking in the park with his wife at the time of the incident.
The man had attacked “several people” in a park in Villejuif before he was shot and killed by Paris police. Police have not yet commented on a possible motive for the attack.
Police officials said officers fired repeatedly because they feared the man was wearing an explosive belt and might blow himself up.
A spokesman for the prosecutor whose office is handling the case said the attacker had been on medication for mental health issues that had led him to be hospitalised in recent months.
“There is no evidence at this stage suggesting he was radicalised,” the spokesman said.
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