A man injures six people at the Paris Gare du Nord station

PARIS, Jan 11 (Reuters) – A man assaulted and injured six people at the Gare du Nord in Paris on Wednesday morning, seriously injuring them, before being shot dead by off-duty police, officials said. authorities.

Interior Minister GĂ©rald Darmanin told reporters the man attacked travelers with what looked like a homemade weapon at 06:42 CET (0542 GMT) at the entrance and inside the station. Police had earlier said the man used a knife or blade.

Within a minute, off-duty officers were returning home from a night shift and shot the assailant three times, Darmanin said.

Gare du Nord, one of the busiest stations in Europe, is the arrival point for the Eurostar train from London and a major gateway to northern Europe.

Asked about possible terrorist motives, Darmanin indicated that a criminal investigation had been opened but that to date no investigation for terrorism had been opened.

He said the attacker, who was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, said nothing during the attack and had no identification papers on him. One of the six injured is a policeman, Darmanin said.

Police secured the area after the attack. Radio franceinfo, citing train operator SNCF, said the trains were operating normally.

In February 2022, police officers killed a man who attacked them with a knife at the Gare du Nord train station. In October 2017, a man who stabbed two people at Marseille train station was shot dead by soldiers.

Report by Alain Acco, Bertrand Boucey, Sudip Kar-Gupta and Dominique Vidalon; written by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Andrew Heavens and Alison Williams

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