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Asylum seeker arrested in France with knife attack leaving 1 dead, 9 injured



A stabbing attack on a public transit station in eastern France on Saturday left a 19-year-old dead and at least nine others injured, three of them critically ill, authorities said on Saturday.

The attack took place at about 4:30 pm at the Laurent-Bonevay metro station in Willerban, near Lyon, France Television reported.

The arrested suspect is a 33-year-old Afghan national who has applied for asylum in France, police told the Associated Press. Fox News has learned that the suspect was never known to the police

  The Laurent-Bonneville Public Transit Point in Villerban, near Lyon, France.

The Laurent-Bonneville public transit point in the city of Villeurban, near Lyon, in France.
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Two French officials told the AP that the attack did not appear to be terrorism-related and that the national prosecutor's office had not yet been asked to participate in the investigation.

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An assault on a second assailant was initially launched, but police later determined that the man arrested was the main suspect, two officials said. Police are still looking for possible accomplices.

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The suspect provided conflicting information to police and it is unclear whether the 19-year-old victim knew the attacker according to officials. The motive for the attack was not clear.

"I am extremely shocked by the attack that has just taken place in the Lyon area, during which one person is killed and several others are injured [were]some seriously," Lyon Mayor Gerard Colombe tweeted.

France continues to be vigilant after several deadly Islamic extremist attacks in 2015 and 2016.


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