One dead and four injured in Paris knife terror attack

Paris police officers evacuated people from some buildings in the Right Bank neighborhood after the attack, and bar patrons and opera-goers described surprise and confusion. He was carrying no identity papers, making it harder for police to identify him, said police.

In November 2015, the city was targeted by a series of coordinated terror attacks.

"On behalf of all the French, I salute the courage of the police officers who neutralized the terrorist", French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted Saturday night.

The Islamic State group claims one of its soldiers carried out a knife attack in Paris that left two people, including the suspect, dead.

Even the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for Saturday nighttime's knife attack, declaring it had been in a reaction to is is' demands supporters to target individuals of their USA -led army coalition squeezing the extremists out of Iraq and Syria, the Aamaq information bureau said in a statement.

France's military has been active in the coalition since 2014.

Four people were wounded in the attack.

Police shot the attacker dead.

The Paris prosecutor's office, which handles all terrorism cases, is taking over the investigation.

Witnesses told prosecutors that the man was shouting Allahu Akbar (God is great) as he went on a rampage. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility via its Amaq news agency but provided no proof for its claim.

The incident took place at about 9 p.m.in an area near the Paris Opera where there are several theaters and many bars and restaurants.

"I was working in the restaurant and suddenly I heard a woman screaming. he came and attacked her", said Jonathan, a witness working nearby who wouldn't provide his last name.

Earlier, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told reporters the injured were out of danger. (Picture: AP) A knife-wielding assailant has killed one person and injured four in the centre of Paris before being killed by police.

The official said Sunday the assailant had French nationality but was born in the Russian republic.

  • Jon Douglas