Knife attack in Paris cinema leaves 7 injured — UK tourists among wounded

A MAN armed with a knife attacked cinema-goers at a theatre in the French capital.

Seven people have been injured after the attack including two Brit tourists.

An attacker — believed to be an Afghan national — went on the rampage armed with a knife and an iron bar.

The man is believed to have stabbed three people at the cinema before several people outside tried to tackle him.

Three men playing pétanque, a French sport involving heavy metal balls, threw one of them at the knifeman to try and stop him.

He then continued down Quai de la Loire before turning onto Rue Henri Nogueres.

There he attacked two Brit tourists, injuring one in the chest and stabbing another in the head.

A security guard at one of the cinemas by the canal said he saw a man who had already assaulted people being chased by two men who tried to stop him.

He told reporters: “He had an iron bar in his hand which he threw at the men chasing him, then he took out a knife.”

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STABBING: Seven people have been injured after a knifeman went on the rampage at a Paris cinema

“He had an iron bar in his hand which he threw at the men chasing him, then he took out a knife”

Security guard

The Foreign Office said: “We are urgently investigating this incident and are in close contact with the French authorities.”

Four of the injured are known to be in serious conditions in hospital.

The attack happened just before 11pm local time in the 19th arrondissement of the city.

Police arrested the suspect at the scene and he is currently in custody.

Local MP Mounir Mahjoubi tweeted: “Solidarity with the victims and profound gratitude for the firefighters and the emergency services who immediately arrived, and for the police forces who enabled the arrest.”

The attack is not currently believed to be terror-related.

Although Paris has been the target of several small terror incidents by lone attackers, it hasn’t had a major terror attack since the events of November 2015.

130 people were killed — as well as the seven terrorists — when a series of bombings and knife attacks brought horror to the French capital.

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