Marseille: Fatal knife attack at train station

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A man carrying a knife and shouting "Allahu akbur" killed two passengers before being shot dead by soldiers at Marseille's train station in southern France.

Some 200 police officers had cordoned off the area and all roads were closed to traffic, with security forces saying the operation was still on-going.

French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb has announced on Twitter he is travelling to Marseille in wake of the attack to liase with anti-terror police chiefs.

This incident comes weeks after four Boston College students were attacked with acid at the same train station.

The spokesperson said terror is the leading motive, but investigators are still gathering information about the incident. Reuters adds word from witnesses, who say that the suspect shouted, "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest) while he carried out the violence.

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Police in Marseille urged people to avoid Saint-Charles station.

The police also confirmed earlier reports that the attacker had been shot and killed.

It is unclear if there are any others injured in the attack but The Telegraph is reporting that two have been killed. One source said he was known to police for common law crimes, while another said digital analysis of fingerprints had come up with several aliases.

Xavier Tarabeux, the local prosecutor, said that policemen at the scene of the attack had shot dead the assailant.

French television station BFM announced that the terrorist had been eliminated.

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