Two men armed with kitchen knives killed a 19-year-old man and wounded 9 others in Villeurbanne, a Lyon suburb, close to the Laurent Bonnevay metro station, Saturday, shortly after 5pm local time.
Three of the injured have major wounds. One person, an Afghan immigrant, 33, who was not known to the police or intelligence services, has been arrested following the attack, while police are hunting for at least one other suspect who is at large. The second assailant, who fled the scene, is believed to be in possession of a rotisserie spike. The motive behind the incident is not known. The 19-year-old man who died was originally from Isere and was traveling by bus to the Woodstower music festival at Grand Parc Miribel Jonage near Lyon.
"We have to wait for the conclusions of the investigation. (...) As long as we do not have those conculsions, we can not say anything. We must remain very careful," Lyon mayor Gerard Collomb said. Several of the city's metro lines were shut down in the immediate aftermath of the incident. A police helicopter has been deployed in the search. It is not known if the attack is terror related. Last May, a parcel bomb in front of a baker’s shop in central Lyon left 14 people slightly injured.