Knifeman wounds three in savage blade attack at Gare de Lyon as police arrest Mali-born suspect who had Italian identity papers

  • Attacker described as a 32-year-old man who ‘presented Italian identity documents’

Three people were wounded in a brutal knife attack at one of the biggest railway stations in Paris today.

A man believed to be Italian appeared to be killing people at random at Gare de Lyon, in the east of the French capital, around 8am.

The attacker has now been arrested and has been described as a 32-year-old man, born in Mali, who ‘presented Italian identity documents’, an investigating source said.

‘One person was seriously injured and two lightly wounded,’ said a police spokesman. ‘Officers arrived on the scene within minutes and the man was arrested.

‘He was found to have an Italian driving license on him, and gave no motive for his actions. No slogans were shouted.’

A French soldier from the Sentinelle security operation stands guard in a hall after a knife attack at Paris's Gare de Lyon railway station

A French soldier from the Sentinelle security operation stands guard in a hall after a knife attack at Paris’s Gare de Lyon railway station

A French soldier from the Sentinelle security operation stands guard outside a security perimeter after the brutal bald attack

A French soldier from the Sentinelle security operation stands guard outside a security perimeter after the brutal bald attack

A French soldier from the Sentinelle security operation stands guard at Paris's Gare de Lyon train station, which was evacuated immediately after the attack.

A French soldier from the Sentinelle security operation stands guard at Paris’s Gare de Lyon train station, which was evacuated immediately after the attack.

The most seriously injured person was in a ‘life-threatening situation and in intensive care’, an emergency services spokesman said.

Gare de Lyon, the second busiest station in France, handling up to 150 million passengers a year, was packed on a Saturday morning.

It was evacuated immediately after the attack, with all services cancelled.

Officials said there was no early indication of a motive for the stabbing, but it followed a series of bomb, gun and knife attacks carried out by Islamic State and al-Qaeda operatives in France dating back to early 2015 .

The deadliest single terrorist attack ever in the country occurred in November 2015 when 130 people died in Paris.

Suicide bombers pledging allegiance to ISIS targeted the Stade de France, cafes, restaurants and the Bataclan music venue, where 90 died.

Earlier in the year, two Paris-born gunmen linked to al-Qaeda broke into the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 17 people inside and three outside.

French police officers secure the area after a knife-wielding man wounded several people at Gare de Lyon train station in Paris

French police officers secure the area after a knife-wielding man wounded several people at Gare de Lyon train station in Paris

A general view outside the Gare de Lyon train station in Paris

A general view outside the Gare de Lyon train station in Paris

In July 2016, 86 people were called out and more than 400 injured when a 19-tonne lorry was deliberately driven into crowds on the seafront at Nice, which is just 20 miles from Cannes.

The terrorist turned out to be a Tunisian immigrant who was shot dead by the police.

During the same month, two Isis terrorists killed an 86-year-old Catholic priest during a church service in Normandy.

And in October 2020, three people were stabbed to death by a Tunisian immigrant in the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice.

There were also frequent knife attacks on the forces of law and order, resulting in the death of serving police.