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Two Britons among seven injured in Paris knife attack – reports

The incident is not being treated as terrorism, police said.

Police secure the site of a knife attack in Paris (Thibault Camus/AP)
Police secure the site of a knife attack in Paris (Thibault Camus/AP)

Two British tourists are among seven injured after they were attacked by an armed man in Paris, local media reported.

A man armed with a knife and an iron bar is said to have attacked people on the banks of a canal in the north-east of the city at just after 11pm local time.

Four people were injured seriously, while Le Parisien said one British tourist has a chest injury while another was stabbed in the head.

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(PA Graphics)

The paper said the perpetrator stabbed three people near a cinema on the Bassin de la Villette, and men playing petanque nearby attempted to stop the man, with one throwing a ball at him.

It is reported a man of Afghan nationality has been arrested and the incident is not being treated as terrorism, police said.

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Several people were injured in the attack in central Paris, police said (Thibault Camus/AP)

The Foreign Office said: “We are urgently investigating this incident and are in close contact with the French authorities.”

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