Man arrested after knife attack in Paris

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A judicial official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to discuss publicly an ongoing investigation, said the attacker was believed to be an Afghan national.

Police secure the area after seven people were wounded in knife attack downtown ParisBoth were stabbed with the 15-inch blade before a plain-clothes police officer intervened, and then a night patrol helped him arrest the man.

French police investigating on the scene where a man was attacked and injured people with a knife in the streets of Paris (Picture: AFP/Getty) Le Parisien reports that one British tourist has a chest injury while another was stabbed in the head. He fled when several people threw metallic pentaque balls at him. "They started throwing petanque balls at him", Najah said, referring to the sport popular in France also known as boules.

Boudjema Hamani told The Associated Press he was playing petanque with two friends when they saw people running and shouting "be careful, he has a knife!"

On Twitter, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb praised the "courage and reactivity" of those who intervened.

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Authorities said the 36-year-old had serious mental health problems and had been on a terror watch list since 2016.

Sources said the man had attacked strangers, initially stabbing two men and a woman near the MK2 cinema on the Quai de Loire, along the Ourcq canal.

The suspect was reportedly tasered by police and arrested in Rue de la Roquette, a historic suburb in the eleventh arrondissement of Paris, on Monday morning.

More than 240 people have been killed by extremists since the massacre at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in Paris in January 2015.

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