Two people were killed and four others injured as a result of a knife attack in the French town of Romans-sur-Isère, Mayor Marie-Hélène Thoraval has confirmed to the media. The assailant was arrested.
🔴🇨🇵[ALERTE] - Une #attaque au #couteau a eu lieu dans la #Drôme à #RomansSurIsere. Quatre blessés dont deux en urgence absolue. L'individu a été interpellé.— La Plume Libre (@LPLdirect) April 4, 2020
Some reports say, quoting the results of the preliminary investigation, that the attacker is a man of Sudanese origin, who earlier asked for asylum in France. He entered a butcher shop, took a knife which was lying at the counter and started attacking people.
He shouted "Allahu Akbar", local web site France Bleu Drôme reports, citing eyewitnesses.
A video allegedly showing the area where the attack took place has been shared online.
15 Minute plus tard... attaque au couteau a @VilleDeRomans— ًYurika (@imyurika_) April 4, 2020
cc @Conflits_FR pic.twitter.com/46zJ2mQEIp
An investigation is underway.
French President Emmanuel Macron commented on the deadly incident, promising that light would be shed on the attack in Romans-sur-Isère.
Mes pensées accompagnent les victimes de l'attaque de Romans-sur-Isère, les blessés, leurs familles. Toute la lumière sera faite sur cet acte odieux qui vient endeuiller notre pays déjà durement éprouvé ces dernières semaines.— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 4, 2020