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Two women have been killed in a knife attack at Marseille's Saint Charles train station in southern France.

The assailant, believed to of North African origin, was shot dead by security forces shortly after the incident occurred.

Media reports suggest that the attack is being treated as an act of terrorism, with one unnamed officer telling France's Le Monde newspaper that the perpetrator had cried "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest).

The French national police force tweeted an update on the situation shortly after 2pm this afternoon.

Traffic in and out of the train station has been stopped and police had earlier asked people to avoid the area. 

According to BFMTV, the attacker was killed by French soldiers who were already in the station as part of Operation Sentinelle – an initiative which sees combat troops protect key sites amid an ongoing state of emergency.

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An attempted knife attack in Brussels was prevented last night after the suspect was shot by the soldiers he attempted to attack.

The attacker later died in hospital due to his injuries. 

The two soldiers who were attacked received superficial wounds. 

Belgium's federal prosecutors have said that they are treating the event as 'an attempted terrorist murder.'

The 30-year-old attacker reportedly shouted 'Allahu Akbar' twice during the attack, according to a spokesperson for the federal prosecutor. 

'All our support is with our soldiers,' tweeted Prime Minister Charles Michel. 

'Our security services remain on alert. We are following the situation closely.'

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A woman in her 60s has been killed and five people have been injured during a knife attack in central London which occurred around 10.30pm last night.

According to The Sun, the woman – who has yet to be identified – is believed to have been a Spanish speaker who was in the area on a hen do.

A 19-year-old man was arrested at the scene after being tasered by armed police who arrived within five minutes.   

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said that terrorism and mental health issues have not yet been ruled out as motives for the attack.

The Guardian has reported that Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said: “Early indications suggest mental health is a significant factor in this case and that is one major line of inquiry.”

“But of course at this stage we should keep an open mind regarding motive and consequently terrorism as a motivation remains but one line of inquiry for us to explore.”

The condition of the attack’s other victims – two women and three men – is still unknown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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