ISIS Claims Responsibility For Deadly Stabbing Spree In Paris

At least one dead in central Paris stabbing

One person was killed and four injured in Saturday's attack.

Counterterrorism authorities are leading the investigation of the attack.

Another eyewitness told broadcaster BFMTV that she saw a young man running towards three policeman who eventually shot him down.

During the attack the perpetrator shouted "Allahu Akbar".

The judicial official told The Associated Press that while the alleged assailant had no record of arrests or convictions, he had been on a nationwide database of thousands of people suspected of links to radicalism.

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted his praise for police who "neutralised the terrorist" and his thoughts for the victims.

Of the four survivors, police say two are seriously injured.

Responding to the ongoing incident, officers initially attempted to taser the assailant, but after that failed shot the man dead.

Paris has been under higher security in recent years after a string of deadly terror attacks throughout Europe, many of which were claimed by the Islamic State.

The formula used was typical of Islamic State claims for attacks inspired by its propaganda, whether or not it had any direct link with the perpetrator.

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

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb wrote on Twitter, "I appreciate the prompt response and composure of the law enforcers who neutralized the assailant".

The attack took place in the city's main opera house, which is an area full of restaurants, bars and theatres, AFP reported.

Police officers cordon off the site where a knife attack happened in Paris, France, May 12, 2018. The IS claimed responsibility via its Amaq news agency, but provided no proof for its claim.

I came out of a comedy show near Opera in central Paris and was immediately told to go back in because there was a madman with a knife.

French police have been criticized in the past for failing to prevent attacks. His identity and motives are not known.

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