March 3rd, 2024

Paris police say they detained a man who stabbed 3 people at the Gare de Lyon train station

By The Associated Press on February 3, 2024.

FILE - A general view outside of the Gare de Lyon railway station in Paris, France, Wednesday Oct. 18, 2017. An assailant has injured three people in a stabbing attack at the Gare de Lyon train station in Paris, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024, the Olympic Games host city this year, Paris police said. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

PARIS (AP) – A man injured three people Saturday in a stabbing attack at the major Gare de Lyon train station in Paris, another nerve-rattling security incident in the Olympic host city before the Summer Games open in six months.

Paris police said officers quickly detained the attacker who used a sharp weapon in the assault at around 8 a.m. One of the people injured was in a serious condition; the other two were more lightly hurt.

Police had no other immediate details.

Posting on social media, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin described the attack as an “unbearable act” and thanked those who detained the assailant.

Security in Paris is being ramped up as it prepares to welcome 10,500 Olympians and millions of visitors for the first Olympic Games in a century in the French capital.

The Games are to open with a massive open-air ceremony along the River Seine on July 26, a major security challenge in the city that has been repeatedly hit by terror attacks, most notably in 2015.

Most recently, a man targeted passersby near the Eiffel Tower in December, killing a German tourist with a knife and injuring two others.

The Gare de Lyon is one of the busiest train stations in Paris. It is a hub both for high-speed trains that link the capital to other cities and for commuter trains that serve the suburbs and towns in the Paris region.

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