Paris Police ‘Neutralize’ Man After Attack at Train Station
PARIS — The police in Paris opened fire and “neutralized” on a man who attacked several people early Wednesday morning at the Gare du Nord train station, one of the capital’s busiest transit hubs, the French authorities said.
Gérald Darmanin, the French interior minister, said on Twitter that “an individual injured several people this morning at Gare du Nord.”
“He was quickly neutralized,” Mr. Darmanin said.
It was not immediately clear what kind of weapon the man was wielding, how many people he had injured and how seriously, and what had motivated the attack.
Gare du Nord is one of the largest train stations in Paris, with service to northern France and beyond, along with a Eurostar terminal for travelers heading to the United Kingdom.
An authority for the TER Hauts-de-France, a regional branch of France’s national railway serving northern France, said on Twitter that the man “was brought under control, emergency services intervened and the person was taken away.”
The police established a security perimeter and train traffic was disrupted, “but the station is still being used normally,” the authority added.
The attack came nearly three weeks after a gunman killed three people and wounded three others at a Kurdish community center, a hair salon and a restaurant in central Paris in what French officials said was a racially-motivated attack against foreigners.
The suspect in that case, a 69-year-old man who told the police he had a “pathological” hatred of foreigners, was indicted on charges of murder and attempted murder with a racist motive. He remains in custody.