A man wielding a full-time weapon attacked and wounded six people at Paris’s Gare du Nord train station on Wednesday morning, seriously injuring one, before he was shot by off-duty police officers, authorities said.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin He told reporters the man attacked passengers with what looked like a home-made weapon at 6:42 CET at the entrance and inside the station. Police said earlier that the man had used a knife or blade.
Within a minute, Darmanin said, off-duty police officers had returned home after the night shift, shooting the attacker three times.
Gare du Nord station, one of the busiest stations in Europe, is the arrival point for the Eurostar train from London and a major gateway to Northern Europe.
Asked about possible terrorist motives, Darmanin said a criminal investigation has been opened but so far, no terrorism investigation has been opened.
He said the attacker, who was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, said nothing during the attack and had no identification papers. Darmanin said one of the six injured was a police officer.
Police secured the area following the attack. Rail company SNCF said trains were operating normally.
In February 2022, the police killed a man who attacked them with a knife at the Gare du Nord station.
In October 2017, soldiers shot and killed a man who stabbed two people at the Marseille train station.
In neighboring Belgium, an officer was killed and another injured last November after an attack A man attacked a police patrol Close to the Gare du Nord / Brussel-Noord train station in the center of Brussels.