- Cameras caught the deadly knife attacks on tape, minister says
- Police are looking into whether attacker had links to terror organizations
The incident is being treated as a terror attack and has been handed over to a special prosecutor in Paris, the prosecutor’s office told CNN.
Military police killed the suspect. Authorities are investigating whether he had links to terror organizations.
He was not carrying any identification, Marseille police said, but French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said during a news conference, “The attacker had several identities.”
Appearing on BFM, Collomb told the station that witnesses heard the attacker shout, “Allahu Akbar” — or, “God is the greatest” — and that the investigation was continuing.
Surveillance footage showed the suspect attack his first victim, run away and come back to stab the second woman, the minister said. The suspect then ran toward soldiers arriving on the scene, Collomb said.
“Again we measure the devotion and the exceptional engagement of our troops. They have my honors,” Collomb said in a tweet.
The attacker was a 41-year-old mentally unstable woman, police said. She was arrested and hospitalized, according to CNN affiliate BFM.
There was no reason to believe the acid attacks were terror-related, police said.