Paris knife attack: Suspect 'born in Russia's Chechnya'

Media captionFrench police at the scene of the attack in Paris

The suspect in a deadly knife attack in central Paris on Saturday evening was born in 1997 in the Russian republic of Chechnya, a judicial source says.

The attacker killed a 29-year-old man and wounded four other people in the busy Opéra district before being shot dead by police.

The suspect had shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest), witnesses said.

So-called Islamic State (IS) later said one of its “soldiers” had carried out the attack.

The judicial source told French media the suspect had no criminal record and that his parents had been held for questioning. Another source told Reuters the suspect was not previously known to police.

Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said the victim of the attack was a 29-year-old passer-by, but gave no further details.

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted (in French): “France has once again paid in blood, but will not give an inch to the enemies of freedom.”

How did the events unfold?

The attacker began stabbing passers-by at about 21:00 local time (19:00 GMT).

Eyewitnesses described him as a young man with brown hair and a beard, dressed in black tracksuit trousers.

The man tried to enter several bars and restaurants but was…

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