French police have detained a man who stabbed seven people, injuring four seriously, in an attack on tourists and passers-by in Paris.
The man, wielding a knife and iron bar, struck just before 23:00 (21:00 GMT) by a canal in Paris’s 19th district.
People playing pétanque – a French bowling game – threw metal balls at the attacker, and he was overpowered.
The man, said to be Afghan, was soon arrested. The incident is currently not being treated as a terrorist attack.
Among the victims were two British tourists – police say the two men, in their fifties, suffered serious stab wounds to the chest and stomach.
The knifeman initially stabbed two men and a woman near the MK2 cinema on the Quai de Loire, along the Ourcq canal, reports say.
Eyewitness Youssef Najah, 28, said he was walking beside the canal when he saw a man running and holding a knife about 25-30cm (10-11 inches) long.
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SOURCE: BBC News