Paris Knife Attack: Suspect Dead, Several Wounded Near Opera House

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Policemen and emergency service members stand in a blocked street in Paris centre after one person was killed and several injured by a man armed with a knife, who was shot dead by police in Paris on May 12. THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images

Two people were killed Saturday during an attack in the second arrondissement of Paris, near the city's famous opera house, according to reports.

One person died, two people suffered minor injuries and two more were seriously wounded before the assailant was shot and killed by the police, local authorities said. The victims have not been identified yet.

Gerard Collomb, France's interior minister, said via Twitter: "I salute the cold blood and the reactivity of the police forces who neutralized the assailant. My first thoughts go out to the victims of this heinous act."

Agression à #Paris : je salue le sang froid et la réactivité des forces de police qui ont neutralisé l’assaillant.
Mes premières pensées vont aux victimes de cet acte odieux.

— Gérard Collomb (@gerardcollomb) May 12, 2018

The Interior Ministry is asking the population to avoid spreading "any misinformation. Please only share information coming from a trusted source."

⚠️ Agression à #Paris : prenez garde aux rumeurs. Ne relayez que les informations émanant de sources fiables. pic.twitter.com/DgYQLERdPm

— Ministère de l'Intérieur (@Place_Beauvau) May 12, 2018

In the wake of the attack, President Emmanuel Macron created a thread on Twitter. "All my thoughts are with the victims and the wounded from the knife attack perpetrated in Paris tonight, as well as their loved ones. On behalf of all the French, I salute the courage of the police officers who neutralized the terrorist," he said.

Macron continued, "France pays the price of blood again but did not give an inch to the enemies of freedom."

Toutes mes pensées vont aux victimes et aux blessés de l’attaque au couteau perpétrée ce soir à Paris, ainsi qu’à leurs proches. Je salue au nom de tous les Français le courage des policiers qui ont neutralisé le terroriste (1/2).

— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) May 12, 2018

Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said in a post on Twitter: "Within nine minutes after the first call, the assailant was neutralized ... Our police forces have once again demonstrated their remarkable mastery and ability to intervene."

Dans les 9 minutes après le premier appel, l’assaillant était neutralisé. Nos forces de police ont encore une fois démontré leur remarquable maîtrise et capacité à intervenir. (2/3)

— Edouard Philippe (@EPhilippePM) May 12, 2018

French newspaper Le Monde reported that the assailant's motive for the attack remains unknown. Local authorities are expected to deliver a press conference Saturday evening.

Meanwhile, Paris Prosecutor François Molins said in a statement that witnesses heard the assailant shout "Allahu Ahkbar," which is Arabic for "Allah is the Greatest," French daily Le Figaro said.

CBS News reported that the militant group Islamic State's news agency later said that the attacker was one of its "soldiers."

France has witnessed a string of terrorist attacks in recent years. In 2015, two gunmen killed 12 people after storming the offices of satirical publication Charlie Hebdo, and 130 people lost their lives following several attacks in and around Paris in November of that year. In the summer of 2016, 86 people died and 100 more were injured in the city of Nice, where a 31-year-old man drove his truck into the crowd.