Knife attack with fatalities in a French locked town, Saturday

A knife attack Saturday  at about 11 a.m. local time in the French southeastern town under coronavirus lockdown Romans-sur-Isère left two people dead and several injured.

There are reports about at least five wounded in the attack. Two of the victims are in critical condition. The victims had ventured out of their homes to go shopping for essentials on a street lined with shops. The man appeared to be attacking people at random and did so in several places while moving around the town center: in a tobacco shop, a butchers and a supermarket, as well as in the street. Police arrested a suspect claimed to be a Sudanese in his 30s born in 1987. The unnamed man had no documents with him. An acquaintance of the suspect's was also placed in police custody. Anti-terrorism prosecutors are investigating.


The Counterterrorism Prosecutor's office revealed that "handwritten documents with religious overtones in which the author of the lines complained in particular of living in a country of disbelievers" were found duringa search carried out at the suspect's home. The motive for the attack is not yet clear. It is not yet clear whether the attack was in any way linked to the national lockdown. French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner wrote on Twitter that his thoughts went out to the victims and their loved ones. France’s President Emmanuel Macron also expressed his support for the victims in a tweet.