A man was arrested at the Gare de Lyon train station on Saturday morning on suspicion of attacking several people with a knife, the police prefecture reported. Three people were injured.
One of the injured was hit in the abdomen and is said to be in serious condition, but his life is not in danger. The facts happened around 8 a.m. in an underground corridor of the station. The police prefecture has not yet made any statements about the perpetrator’s motive.
A police source says that the perpetrator is a man of Malian nationality. He was “first restrained by passers-by”, until the railway police intervened. “He did not shout anything during his action,” says the source.
The Paris public prosecutor’s office has been informed of the facts, says a source close to the investigation. According to the initial investigation, it does not appear to be an act of terror, says police prefect Laurent Nunez. The suspect has “obvious mental problems”.
The man had been legally in Italy since 2016 and had received a “fully valid” residence permit in 2019, according to the documents in his possession. Nunez says that the Malian man “spontaneously” indicated that he has “mental problems”. Medicines were also found on him.