Two people were killed and four others injured as a result of a knife attack in the French town of Romans-sur-Isère, Mayor Marie-Hélène Thoraval has confirmed to the media. The assailant was arrested.
Some reports say, quoting the results of the preliminary investigation, that the attacker is a man of Sudanese origin, who earlier asked for asylum in France. He entered a butcher shop, took a knife which was lying at the counter and started attacking people.
He shouted "Allahu Akbar", local web site France Bleu Drôme reports, citing eyewitnesses.
A video allegedly showing the area where the attack took place has been shared online.
An investigation is underway.
French President Emmanuel Macron commented on the deadly incident, promising that light would be shed on the attack in Romans-sur-Isère.
Mes pensées accompagnent les victimes de l'attaque de Romans-sur-Isère, les blessés, leurs familles. Toute la lumière sera faite sur cet acte odieux qui vient endeuiller notre pays déjà durement éprouvé ces dernières semaines.— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 4, 2020