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‘Daesh’ knifeman kills two at French station

Gunpoint: French security forces tackle a suspect outside Marseille station PICTURE: AFP

A SUSPECTED Islamist terrorist armed with a butcher’s knife slashed two women to death at a rail station in France yesterday before being shot dead by soldiers.

The bloodbath unfolded just before 2pm yesterday at Marseille St Charles. One woman was slashed repeatedly in the neck, while the second was stabbed in the chest.

It is thought to be the latest in a long series of Daesh atrocities in Europe.

The killer, in his late 20s, believed to be living locally and of north African appearance, struck while shouting ‘Allahu akbar’ (God is great).

‘The attack was frenzied,’ said an investigating source. ‘The man first shouted threats, and then launched into the two women. The two were killed by a knife, and then soldiers on anti-terrorism duties intervened. They shot the man dead.’

Hundreds of passengers fled in panic. ‘There was screaming and shouting, and people were running everywhere,’ said one witness.

Prosecutors in the port city opened an inquiry into ‘murders in connection with a terrorist enterprise’ and ‘attempted murder of a person holding public authority’. The second charge relates to the knifeman trying to attack the soldiers shooting at him.

French interior minister Gérard Collomb said he was on the way to the station ‘immediately’.