At least six injured in Paris Central Station attack – Boston News, Weather, Sports

(CNN) – At least six people were injured in an attack on Paris’s Gare Du Nord train station early Wednesday, which cut access to one of the French capital’s main rail hubs.

According to French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, a person began attacking people at 6:42 a.m. local time and was neutralized a minute later. The person was disarmed by off-duty police officers going home and by border police, Darmanin said in a news conference.

The attacker manufactured the weapon himself, Darmanin added. Paris police had previously said the person began attacking people with a knife at 6:45 a.m. local time.

Several police officers opened fire, including a security agent from rail operator SNCF, police said. Several shots were fired, the alleged attacker was injured.

A spokesman for the Paris prosecutor said six people were injured, including a member of the French border police. One of the injured is in critical condition. The suspect is also in critical condition, the spokesman said.

According to Paris prosecutors, the motive for the knife attack is unknown.

France’s national counter-terrorism prosecutor said it was assessing the facts about the attack but had not yet taken over the case. The fact that the alleged attacker was injured could increase the time needed to assess the matter, the bureau added.

Darmanin arrived at the Gare du Nord shortly after Wednesday morning’s attack. He previously wrote on Twitter that the alleged attacker injured several people before being “quickly neutralized.”

“Gratitude to the police for their effective and courageous response,” Darmanin tweeted.

CNN affiliate BFMTV interviewed a woman, identified only as Lili, who witnessed the attack and helped injured victims.

“My friends and I were going on vacation this morning and we were at the entrance to the train station when we heard people screaming,” she said.

“We saw two people on the ground. One hit the other. People tried to pull them apart, and then the attacker drew his gun. People started yelling “Knives!” and started running away. I helped the first victim who was attacked and I got the impression that the person would attack anyone who tried to approach and overpower him.

“I helped the injured person who had been attacked and was in shock. I took her to the police and then I tried to find my friends and that’s when we heard the shots. The armed forces responded to the attack very quickly. It didn’t even last five minutes, although it felt like an eternity to me.

“We are all shocked by what we have seen. We were two meters away. It could have been one of us because we were so close. It’s very traumatic.”

A few hundred people gathered in the main hall of the Gare Du Nord station, many looking for information about trains after the attack, according to CNN’s team at the station.

Several dozen police officers were stationed around a security perimeter that cordoned off a large portion of the station’s main concourse and blocked access to several intercity train platforms, according to the CNN team. Access to the Eurostar terminal has since reopened after being closed for several hours.

Police screens concealed the location of the attack, but officers could be seen collecting evidence in paper bags.

While Paris residents had begun to relax after several years of heightened tensions surrounding terrorist attacks, Wednesday’s incident, which is not currently under investigation as a terrorist by French authorities, is the second in two months. In December, a man who was being investigated by the Paris public prosecutor for racist violence was shot dead three Kurdish activists in the north of Paris.

Nonetheless, the atmosphere at Gare du Nord was calm around midday on Wednesday and passengers appeared hopeful of catching their trains.

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