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At least 6 people were injured in an attack at a train station in Paris

At least 6 people were injured in an attack at a train station in Paris

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LONDON and PARIS — A man who left at least six injured in an attack at Paris’ Gare du Nord train station early Wednesday morning was shot by police and hospitalized, authorities said.

This was said by the Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin Twitter that “a man injured several people this morning at the Gare du Nord. He was quickly neutralized. I thank the police for their effective and courageous response.”

French police secure the area after a knife-wielding man injured several people at the Gare du Nord train station in Paris, France, January 11, 2023.

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The alleged attacker is alive and hospitalized, authorities said. The six injured were also taken to the hospital, Darmanin said at a press conference at the station, where he was surrounded by armed police. One employee was injured during the attack, he said.

The attack began around 6:42 a.m. local time, with police responding within a minute, Darmanin said. The suspect, who did not appear to say anything before the attack, was shot three times by police, the minister told reporters.

“The suspect suddenly began, for no apparent reason at this stage, to hit the first victim with his weapon,” the Paris prosecutor’s office said in a statement. The first victim was hit 20 times, the release said.

The victims included two men aged 36 and 41 and three women aged 40, 47 and 53 who were using the station, the service said. A 46-year-old police officer assigned to the Gare du Nord border police was also injured. The 36-year-old man remains in hospital, the prosecutor’s office said.

At least 6 people were injured in an attack at a train station in Paris

French Interior Minister GĂ©rald Darmanin (C) talks to the press next to Junior Transport Minister Clement Bonn (L), Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo (4th L) and Paris Police Prefect Laurent Nunez (2nd L) at the Gare train station du Nord in Paris on January 11, 2023.

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Prosecutors said they were investigating all possible leads. Investigators have not yet ruled out terrorism as a motive, they said. The seized weapon is a metal hook, the Paris prosecutor’s office said.

“I confirm that the prosecutor’s office in Paris has opened an investigation,” the Paris prosecutor’s office said in a statement obtained by ABC News. “The investigation has been turned over to the coroner’s police. The provisional estimate is 6 injured, including one in an emergency. The suspect was hospitalized after being shot multiple times by police.”

The suspect is believed to be a man in his 20s, born in Libya or Algeria, prosecutors said.

PHOTO: A police car parks outside the Gare du Nord train station, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, in Paris, France.

A police car parks outside the Gare du Nord train station, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, in Paris, France.

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Paris Gare du Nord is one of the largest and busiest train stations in Europe. It serves the northern suburbs of Paris and is a terminus on the Channel Tunnel route from London to Paris.

ABC News’ Joe Simonetti contributed to this report.




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