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One dead, several injured in Paris terror attack

One dead, several injured in Paris terror attack

The knife attack injured four people in the 2nd arrondissement or district of the French capital.

Shortly before 9:00pm (1900 GMT) a knife-wielding attacker struck on Rue Monsigny, close to Place de L'Opera, an area of central Paris filled with restaurants, bars and tourist attractions.

Prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters the police's anti-terrorism unit would launch an investigation, given the aggressor's "mode of operation".

Inning accordance with WEBSITE, the classification of a "soldier of the Islamic State" typically describes an ISIS-inspired attack, rather than one straight collaborated by the horror group.

"I was taking orders and I saw a young woman trying to get into the restaurant in panic", Jonathan, a waiter at a Korean restaurant, told AFP news agency.

A man killed a passer-by and wounded four others in the heart of Paris before being shot dead by police, French authorities said.

France "will not yield an inch to the enemies of freedom", President Emmanuel Macron said shortly after the attack, praising police officers for "neutralizing the terrorist".

"The attacker entered a shopping street, I saw him with a knife in his hand", he said.

Later the IS group said it was behind the attack, in a brief statement posted on its news outlet.

Since 2012, hundreds of people have died in a series of terrorist attacks across France featuring explosives, firearms and vehicular ramming.

French police have been criticized in the past for failing to prevent attacks.

Police said two of the injured were "seriously wounded", while the other two were "slightly" hurt. A friend came to her aid and the attacker left, "hitting on all the doors, all the shops", the witness told BFM.

Police found no documentation on the attacker, but investigators identified him by his fingerprints, Europe1 radio station reported on Sunday. "She is recovering. She was operated on and saved", he said after visiting the victims in hospital.

My first thoughts go to the victims of this heinous act.

Police shot the attacker dead while he was on the ground suffering from cardiac arrest, according to BFMTV.

Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, said: Tonight our city was bruised.

France is on high alert after a string of jihadist attacks has claimed the lives of more than 245 people, including 90 at the Bataclan concert hall in November 2015.