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Two killed, suspect shot dead after knife attack at Marseille train station

Two killed, suspect shot dead after knife attack at Marseille train station

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb, who visited the crime scene in the southern port city, had said earlier: "This act could be of a terrorist nature, but we cannot confirm it at the moment".

The IS-linked Aamaq news agency said that the assailant was acting in response to the extremist group's calls to target countries in the US -led coalition fighting militants in Syria and Iraq. But officials also took pains to emphasize the circumstances of the attack were far from clear.

France has deployed troops and its air force to the Middle East and is a leading partner in the US-led global coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria, where the militants are being driven back. One woman had her throat cut, and the other was stabbed, according to police sources cited by French media.

The officials said soldiers then fatally shot the attacker.

Marseille's Saint Charles station reopened Monday under heavy security. The attacker was shot dead by soldiers.

Regional police chief, Olivier de Mazieres, said the attack took place at Saint-Charles station at 1:45 pm (1145 GMT) on Sunday. He was later shot dead by soldiers. "I heard someone shout "Allahu Akbar" and I saw a man who seemed to be dressed all in black".

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The motive for the attack was unclear, but the Paris prosecutor's office, which handles terrorism cases nationwide, said on Sunday that it had opened a terrorism investigation.

Collomb declined to provide any details about the suspect or to identify the victims. Police in Marseille were interviewing about 10 witnesses to the attack.

There was an acid attack on four American women in their 20s in the same train station two weeks ago. In a tweet, Macron paid tribute to the French soldiers who responded "with cool head and efficiency".

The attacker was apparently known to police, French news agency AFP reported, but not known to have any links to terrorism.

At least one person was stabbed to death and another seriously wounded at Marseille's main railway station, police sources said, in what one of them termed was a "terrorist act". The train station was partially reopened in the late afternoon.