Police authorities in Paris says an attacker stabbed six persons on Wednesday at the busy Gare du Nord station before being shot and apprehended.
The Gare du Nord is one of the world’s busiest train stations with 700,000 travelers per day.
It is the departure point for Eurostar and Thalys services to the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.
One of the six people was seriously wounded in the attack at 6:42am (5:42am GMT) while the other five sustained light injuries, prosecutors said.
Police says the stabbing as attempted murder, not as a terrorist attack, a source close to the case said.
The attacker’s motive was not immediately clear according to AFP report..
The Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin told reporters at the scene, that the entire incident was over within two minutes,.
It was not immediately clear what type of weapon the attacker had used.
Police initially described it as a bladed weapon, while Darmanin later said it was not actually a knife, but a “threatening weapon”.
“The attacker sustained injuries to the chest after police fired three rounds. He was taken to hospital where he was fighting for his life”. Darmanin explained
“The police who intervened were off-duty officers in plain clothes who used their service weapons to stop the attack”. he said.
The police officers “were returning from duty at police headquarters to take their train and go home, but they were armed”, Darmanin said.
meanwhile, one member of the border police deployed at the station was lightly injured.
“An individual injured several people this morning at the Gare du Nord,” Darmanin had tweeted earlier.
“He was quickly neutralised. Thank you to the police for their effective and courageous response”.
The incident caused delays to trains at the station in the early morning rush as police cordoned off the station, and set up large white curtains around the attack scene.
But no services were cancelled, a spokesman for rail operator SNCF said.
Writing by Julian Osamoto; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare