The incident took place just after 11:00pm (2100 GMT) on the banks of a canal in the northeast of the capital. However police said that terrorism was not suspected. The attacker had targeted “strangers in the street. ”An overnight police press officer said the attack took place near a cinema in the 19th district of Paris. The man, said to be an Afghan national, was armed with a knife and a metal bar, and first attacked three people outside the cinema.
Several people playing the game pétanque nearby reportedly threw balls at the attacker to try to stop him. „There were around 20 people chasing him,” a witness said. The attacker was hit and fled but continued down a side street and attacked more people. Those injured are being treated in hospital. He was arrested. His motives and identity were not immediately known. A police investigation has been launched for attempted murder. It was the latest of several knife attacks France has seen in recent months, with terrorism being ruled out in most cases. France has been on high alert following a string of jihadist attacks in recent years, often by people who have become radicalised or claim to have acted in the name of the IS group.