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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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Police in England have arrested a second man in connection with the Parsons Green terrorist attack which injured 30 people on Friday morning.

In a statement, the Met's Counter Terrorism Command confirmed that detectives had arrested the 21-year-old in Hounslow at around 11.50pm on Saturday night.

The suspect was then taken to a south London police station where he remains in custody.

The arrest comes after police detained an 18-year-old man after he was found in the departure area of a port in Dover on Saturday morning.

Armed police also raided the home on an elderly couple who have fostered hundreds of disadvantaged children.

Ronald Jones and his wife Penelope, would open their home to up to seven children at a time and according to Elmbridge CAN, a community group that aims to ‘build a culture of welcome to refugees,’ the last eight were refugees.

It is not yet known whether the raid yielded any significant discoveries, though according to Metro.co.uk, a former neighbour of the couple said: “They are such a lovely couple – they would do anything for anyone.”

“You can’t blame her if one of her foster children did something wrong – they were nothing but loving to everyone.”

The terror threat remians at critical and detectives have said they will continue to investigate whether more perpetrators were involved in the attack.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said:  "At this stage we are keeping an open mind over whether more than one person is responsible for the attack and we are still pursuing numerous lines of inquiry and at great pace."

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