Moment Libyan deportee launches crazed knife attack on commuter in Paris Eurostar station as 6 hurt before stabber shot | The Sun
12th January 2023

HORRIFYING footage shows the moment a Libyan knifeman launched a frenzied attack on a commuter in Paris Gare du Nord station.

The suspect, who was officially deported from France last year, was arrested at the Eurostar station after going on a rampage that left six injured.

The attack happened on Wednesday during rush hour at 6.45 at the busy hub for trains to London and northern Europe.

Dramatic images show one of the victims being pushed to the ground as he was repeatedly stabbed with a sharpened chisel.

The victim – who has not been identified – ended up in intensive care, and his condition is being described as "critical".

His assailant – who claims to be called Mohamed Amine – also ended up being severely wounded after being shot repeatedly by armed cops.

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It appears the suspect first targeted a man at the front of the station before heading towards the platforms and attacking other people and a border police officer.

He stabbed six people in total – one woman and five men – in what police believe was an unprovoked mass stabbing.

The Libyan, who had no papers, was identified using fingerprint records that showed he entered France in 2020. 

He was ordered to leave the country last year following numerous court appearances for crimes including damaging property.

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But he simply ignored the expulsion order, and he turned up at the Gare du Nord shortly before 7am on Wednesday.

A woman who witnessed the attack said: "I was with my friends at the Gare du Nord this morning, heading off on holiday, and we were just going into the entrance when we heard someone shout. 

"People were lying on the ground, and others getting on trains as quickly as possible. Someone had a knife out and was attacking people. 

"I looked after the first victim who had been wounded. I got the impression that the knifeman was just attacking anyone close to him. 

"As people were being looked after, I heard shots being fired – the forces of law and order were reacting to the attacker."

Police had to use their weapons to "neutralise" the knife-wielding man at the station.

The first to intervene was an off-duty police officer, Le Parisien reported.

An investigating source said: "He lunged at people indiscriminately before police intervened."

The motive of the attack remains unclear.

The area was cordoned off and emergency services rushed to the scene.

The Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin tweeted about the incident and praised the police for their quick response.

He said: "An individual has injured several people this morning in Gare du Nord.

"He was quickly neutralised. Thanks to security forces for their effective and courageous reaction."

Traffic around the station was disrupted but the station is now operating as usual.

Rail network TER Hauts-de-France said in a statement: "Traffic is disrupted on departure and arrival from Paris Nord. 

"The police have opened fire against a threatening person who is said to have injured customers in Gare du Nord.

"The person was brought under control, the emergency services intervened and the person evacuated. 

"A security perimeter has been established but the station continues to operate normally."

An investigation has been opened by the Paris prosecutor's office. 

The stabbing comes just weeks after a racist gunman killed three people in a horrific mass shooting near Gare du Nore.

Darmanin said that the shooting suspect identified as 69-year-old retired train driver William M. "obviously wanted to target foreigners".

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The attack sparked violence on Paris' streets with riot cops firing tear gas at crowds.

All three victims, a woman and two men were reportedly Kurdish activists.

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