Knife attack in Paris kills one, injures 4

Policemen stand guard in Paris centre after one person was killed and several injured in a knife attack in Paris

A knifeman shouting Allahu akbar was shot dead by police in central Paris late Saturday (May 12) after he killed one person and injured four, prompting a terror probe.

French authorities say a knife-wielding assailant killed one person and injured four in the center of Paris before being killed by police.

"My thoughts are with the victims of this abhorrent act", he said.

Paris police officers evacuated people from some buildings in the Right Bank neighbourhood after the attack, which happened on rue Monsigny at about 1900 GMT. The attacker is also dead, police tweeted.

The perpetrator was a "soldier of the Islamic State" and carried out the attack in response to the group's calls to target countries bombing its territories in Syria and Iraq, the statement said, according to The Independent.

Saturday's attack occurred near many bars and theaters, as well as the opera.

French President Emmanuel Macron praised officers for "neutralizing the terrorist".

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Authorities have opened a terrorism investigation, he said.

"France as soon as once more paid the worth of blood however didn't give an inch to the enemies of Freedom", Macron stated in one other tweet.

French media reported that the incident took place at around 9 PM local time on Saturday in the Opera district, which is known for landmark shops and restaurants. "Police intervened immediately", Pierre Gaudin, a senior official at the Paris prefecture, said.

The identity of the man and the reason for the attack are unclear.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb denounced the "odious attack".

A police source confirmed there had been a knife attack without giving any details.

French security forces have been on high alert since a series of terrorist attacks, mostly claimed by the Islamic State extremist organisation, that claimed more than 230 lives in 2015 and 2016.

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