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The Paris police prefect, Laurent Nuñez, rules out terrorist motivation at this stage.

Agence France -Press

A man “suffering from psychiatric disorders” and suspected of having stabbed three people on Saturday morning in a Paris train station was arrested and placed in police custody, said the police prefect of the French capital Laurent Nuñez, ruling out at this stage the terrorist motivation.

The attack occurred less than six months before the Games Olympic Games in Paris where 15 million visitors are expected in a tense security context.

The attack took place around 7:35 a.m. at the Gare de Lyon and left one seriously injured, hit in the abdomen and whose prognosis is at risk, and two lightly injured, according to Mr. Nuñez, who also mentioned a fourth person who was very shocked by the attack.

The blows were allegedly carried out with a hammer and a knife – weapons in progress #x27;analysis, according to the Paris prosecutor's office.

An investigation into attempted assassination was opened and entrusted to the 2nd district of the Parisian judicial police.

The assailant, of nationality Malian, has been in a regular situation in Italy since 2016, with a document issued in 2019 which is entirely valid according to the documents in his possession.

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He was until then unknown to the French and Italian police services, according to a police source.

The suspect spontaneously declared suffering from psychiatric disorders and medication were found on him, Mr. Nuñez said during a press briefing at Gare de Lyon.

Investigations are underway on his telephone, on his journey in Italy, he will make statements in hearing, we will see if the terrorist trail can be ruled out for good, said Mr. Nuñez.

The man was first overpowered by passers-by before the intervention of Suge, the SNCF railway police, who took him away then handed over to the police, detailed a police source.

According to the identity papers he presented, he was born on January 1, 1992, according to a source close to the case. A first medical examination made it possible to declare his state of health compatible with police custody, said another source close to the case, according to which he should be the subject of a psychiatric examination, in the ;afternoon or Sunday morning.

The events took place in hall 3 of the station, located underground, which leads in particular to the commuter trains. It was immediately closed to the public and was still closed at the end of the morning.

Flows have been reorganized in the station so that passengers can move freely without going through hall 3, and train movement is normal in the station, said SNCF contacted by AFP in the middle of the day.

I am waiting for all light to be shed on the circumstances of this tragedy, asked the LR (right) president of the Île-de-France region, Valérie Pécresse, on X.

This attack demonstrates the urgent need to strengthen security in transport, underlined in a press release Philippe Tabarot, senator LR (right) of the Alpes-Maritimes, carrier of ;a bill in the Senate on the subject.

There are many people who are delusional or pseudo-delusional, who have nothing to do on the street and who should be in care structures, lamented emergency doctor Patrick Pelloux on the BFMTV channel.

We closed [structures, Editor's note], we changed the laws on compulsory hospitalization or surveillance, he said. he regretted, highlighting this public security issue as the Olympics approach. He put the number of knife attacks in Paris at 19 per day.

The Gare de Lyon is the leading station in France in terms of mainline traffic. This is where all the TGVs leave for the ski resorts during the winter holidays.

More than 100 million passengers pass through this station each year, whose lines serve the south-east of the country, the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and Burgundy-Franche-Comté, but also Switzerland and Italy.

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