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Knife Assault: Suspect Detained in Villeurban, France, Knife Assault Alleged to be Drugs and in a "Psychotic Condition"



An Afghan man is believed to have been in a "psychotic state" and drugs during a multiple stabbing in France, killing one man and injuring eight others, but investigators say the suspect has no terrorist ties. A psychiatric evaluation of the man in custody revealed that he was experiencing "paranoid delirium" during Saturday's attack said prosecutor Nicolas Jacques.

The suspect reports that he "hears voices" telling him to kill, according to Jacket, a 19-year-old man has died after being stabbed with a knife attack in a subway station in the Lyon suburb of Willerban.

The occupants were surrounded and arrested by the attacker before police arrived, according to the prosecutor. He thanked them.

"Their bold and responsible intervention was decisive," Jacques told reporters.

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French police secure the area after one man was found dead and six others injured in a suspected knife in Villeurbanne, near Lyon, central France, on Sat., Aug. 31, 2019.

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An Afghan man in custody lives in a French asylum center, Jacques said. He had a temporary French residence card and first registered in 2009, the prosecutor said. Subsequently, the man traveled to the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and Norway.

Following the stabbing, the suspect gave "uncoordinated" accounts and three different dates of birth to police, Jacques said.

The man was not made public, but he was not on any watchlist for radicalism, Jackett said. Officers went to the suspect's residence to look for signs of extremism, and during the search, "nothing was found that showed any radicalization," he said.

The suspect did not have a police record or records of psychiatric problems, the prosecutor said. He was found with two knives, but no other weapon.

Two of the eight injured people remain hospitalized. Initially, French police said nine people had been injured, but the prosecutor said the total was eight. The reason for the discrepancy was unclear.

Willerban Mayor Jean-Paul Bret said the detained man was the only person suspected of owning a knife. The mayor also called anti-migrant politicians "shameless" about slashing the sludge to push his views.

French far-right leader Marin Le Pen says after the attack that "weak migration policy" threatens France's security. The attack has raised fears as France continues to be vigilant after a series of deadly Islamic extremist attacks.


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