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Police kill man who stabbed passer-by to death in Paris park

Police said officers fired repeatedly because they feared the man was wearing an explosive belt and might blow himself up.

Police officers secure the area after a man attacked passerby Friday Jan.3, 2020 in Villejuif, south of Paris. A man armed with a knife attacked passers-by Friday in a southern Paris park, injuring some, before being shot by police, French officials said. (AP Photo/Oleg Cetinic
Police officers secure the area after a man attacked passerby Friday Jan.3, 2020 in Villejuif, south of Paris. A man armed with a knife attacked passers-by Friday in a southern Paris park, injuring some, before being shot by police, French officials said. (AP Photo/Oleg Cetinic

By John Leicester, Associated Press

A man armed with a knife has rampaged through a Paris park attacking passers-by seemingly at random, killing one person and injuring two others before police shot him dead, officials said.

The man’s motives were not immediately clear. A witness said he saw the attacker stab one man and that he appeared to select victims at random.

“We heard screams,” said the witness, who gave only his surname, Dia. Police fired round after round in bringing him down, he added.

“We heard a first shot, someone shout, ‘Drop your weapon!'” he said. Then “there were several shots fired”.

Officials said one victim died and two others were injured in the afternoon attack in Villejuif in the southern suburbs of Paris.

Police union official Yves Lefebvre said officers fired repeatedly because they feared the man was wearing an explosive belt and might blow himself up.

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