Man injures six people at the Gare du Nord station in Paris

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PARIS, Jan 11 (Reuters) – A man attacked and wounded six people at the Gare du Nord train station in Paris on Wednesday morning, leaving one seriously injured, before being shot by off-duty police officers, they said. The authorities.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin told reporters the man attacked travelers with what appeared to be a homemade weapon at 06:42 CET (0542 GMT) at the entrance and inside the station. Police had previously said the man had used a knife or razor.

Within a minute, off-duty police officers returning home from a night shift shot the attacker three times, Darmanin said.

Gare du Nord, one of the busiest stations in Europe, is the arrival point for the Eurostar train from London and a major gateway to Northern Europe.

When asked about possible terrorist motives, Darmanin said a criminal investigation had been opened, but no terrorism investigation had been opened so far.

He said the attacker, who was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, said nothing during the attack and had no identity papers. One of the six injured is a police officer, Darmanin said.

Police secured the area after the attack. Radio franceinfo, citing rail operator SNCF, said trains were operating normally.

In February 2022, the police killed a man who attacked them with a knife at the Gare du Nord station. In October 2017, a man who stabbed two people at the Marseille train station was shot dead by soldiers.

Reporting by Alain Acco, Bertrand Boucey, Sudip Kar-Gupta, and Dominique Vidalon; written by Geert De Clercq; Edited by Andrew Heavens and Alison Williams

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