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Sunday, 1 October 2017

Attacker kills two in French train station

Passengers cross the street by a police car blocking access to Marseille's main train station Oct. 1, 2017, in Marseille, France. French police have warned people to avoid Marseille's main train station following a knife attack that left at least one person dead.(Photo: Claude Paris, AP)
Two women were fatally stabbed Sunday in a rampage at French train station before soldiers fatally shot the suspect, French National Police said.
Police in Marseille evacuated the St. Charles station, the city's largest, and French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said he was heading to the scene.
The attack came two weeks after four young American women were attacked with acid at the same station. A lone female attacker with a history of mental health problems was arrested at the scene in that case, and at the time authorities said terrorism was not suspected.
On Sunday, one of the victims was fatally stabbed while the other had her throat slit, according to Agence France-Presse and other media outlets, citing police officials. AFP, citing police officials it did not name, said the killer shouted "Allahu Akbar," or "God is Great," when he began his rampage.
Police said the killer was shot  and "neutralized" by soldiers patrolling the station. The paris prosecutor's anti-terrorism offices was investigating, police said.
More: 4 U.S. female college students attacked with acid in France
More than 10,000 French soldiers, police and other security personnel protect tourist sites and transportation hubs under Operation Sentinelle, an anti-terror program started almost three years ago on the heels of a November 2015 terror attack that killed more than 130 people.
The program, which costs an estimated $500,000 per day, itself has come under attack.
“It is essentially just posturing that has zero operational impact,” Jean-Charles Brisard of the Center for the Analysis of Terrorism recently told FRANCE 24. “Sentinelle has never stopped, prevented or hindered any terrorist attack."
In August, a driver deliberately rammed into two Marseille bus stops last month, killing a woman, but officials said it wasn’t terror related.
In April, French police said they thwarted an imminent “terror attack” and arrested two suspected radicals in Marseille, just days before the first round of France’s presidential election. Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters the two suspects “were getting ready to carry out an imminent, violent action” on French territory.
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