romans-sur-isere-two-killed-and-others-wounded-in-france-knife-attack

French Police officers wearing protective suits stand in a street in the centre of Romans-sur-Isere, on 4 April 2020Image copyright
AFP

Image caption

Police have not yet suggested a motive for the attack in Romans-sur-Isère

Two people have been killed and five wounded in a knife attack in south-east France, in what the interior minister described as a terrorist incident.

Witnesses said the attacker entered a tobacconist in the town of Romans-sur-Isère, near Grenoble, and stabbed the owners and a customer.

He then went to a nearby butcher’s shop and attacked more people.

A suspect, described in French media as a 33-year-old man from Sudan, has been arrested.

He was not known to the police or intelligence services, news website France Bleu reported.

The motive for the attack remains unclear, but French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said during a visit to the town: “This morning, a man embarked on a terrorist journey.”

Mr Castaner said it would be up to the National Counter-Terrorism Prosecutor’s Office to establish whether the attacker acted alone.

One of the wounded is said to be in a critical condition.

Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron described the attack as an “odious” incident that further saddened a country already going through an ordeal.

“My thoughts are with the victims of the Romans-sur-Isère attack – the injured, their families,” he tweeted.

Mr Macron promised that “light will be shed” on the crime.

France is currently in lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic. People are only allowed out to buy basic necessities or for exercise.