An attack with knife made victims Saturday night in Paris

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One was killed and other four wounded in the attack, two of them seriously. The assaillant was shot dead by the police. Later, the Islamic State claimed responsibility, describing the attacker as a “soldier of the Islamic State” and his action “in response to calls to target coalition countries,” referring to the American-led coalition that is battling the Islamic State. He already had shouted “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “God is Great,” during the assault.

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The Opera in Paris

Attacker’s name has not yet been released. “All my thoughts go to the victims and the wounded of the knife attack perpetrated tonight in Paris, as well as to their relatives. I salute on behalf of all the French the courage of the policemen who have neutralized the terrorist,” the President Macron wrote on Twitter. Prime Minister Édouard Philippe also praised the quick reaction of the police to Saturday’s attack. France’s interior minister, Gerard Collomb, identified the person killed as a 29-year-old man. The anti-terrorism section of the prosecutor’s office is handling the investigation. France has faced numerous terrorist attacks since January 2015. The country remains on high alert. France’s military has been active in the coalition since 2014.

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