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British tourists stabbed as knifemen rampage in Paris

Attack: Police
officers seal
off area where
seven people,
including two
Britons, were
wounded PICTURE: AP

TWO British tourists suffered serious stab wounds as knifemen attacked passers-by in separate rampages in Paris.

The Britons, men in their 50s, were among seven people injured on Sunday night by a man carrying an Afghan child’s identity papers.

Police overpowered the suspect after people playing the bowling game of pétanque threw metal balls at him.

Witnesses saw the man threatening people with a 15in knife and a metal bar just before 11pm in the Loire Quay district in the north of the French capital.

‘He was challenged by a group of pétanque players,’ said one man. ‘At least four of the balls hit him in the head, but he carried on with his rampage. It was then that he cornered the two tourists.’

The suspect, who is in his 30s, is ‘unconscious’ in hospital. A police source said: ‘He was carrying immigration documents issued to an Afghan minor. It may be that he is an adult Afghan or Pakistani using the documents illegally.’

A foreign office spokesman confirmed that ‘two Britons were among the people targeted’. Both remained in hospital with serious wounds to the chest and stomach. Two others are also in a ‘very serious’ condition, one after being stabbed repeatedly in the head.

The attack is not being treated as terror-related, police sources added.

Hours later a second knifeman stabbed a postman in the neck with a pair of scissors and then tried to attack others before being Tasered by police in the historic Rue de la Roquette suburb. He was being questioned by police yesterday afternoon, a French TV station reported. The condition of the postman was unknown.