In a shocking incident, a knife attacker wounded six people in an unprovoked attack at the Gare du Nord train station in Paris on Monday morning. The attacker, who has not been named, was shot by police and is currently “between life and death” in a hospital, according to French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin.
The incident occurred at around 6:43 am local time, when the man attacked several people, including a police officer, with a “bladed weapon.” Among the wounded were several passengers and a border police officer.
The police officer was saved by a bulletproof vest, but another victim was seriously injured and had to be taken for emergency treatment.
Darmanin praised the police for their “effective and courageous reaction” to the attack. The incident caused train delays at the station, which is a major hub for trains to London and Northern Europe, during the early morning rush.
The attacker’s motive is not yet known, and officials have not yet confirmed whether the attack was an act of terrorism. France remains on a state of heightened security alert after a series of deadly attacks since 2015.
In February, another knife-wielding man attacked security forces at Gare du Nord and was killed at the scene.