A knifeman wearing a possible explosives vest randomly stabbed four people – killing one of them – in a Paris park before he was shot dead by armed police moments later.
The attacker ran from the scene and was gunned down near a supermarket in Villejuif, a southern suburb of the French capital, at about 2pm local time on Friday.
Bomb disposal experts were sent to the scene to analyse the man's body amid fears he was armed with explosives.
One of the victims died and two others were fighting for their lives following the stabbing spree, which began in the Hautes-Bruyères departmental park.
An investigating source said: "The attacker appeared to be wearing an explosives vest but was not wearing any shoes when he carried out the attacks.
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"Victims were falling down around him, while others raised the alarm.
"Members of the anti-criminal brigade were first on the scene, and shot a number of rounds at the man. He was declared dead at the scene."
A police union source added: "Four people were attacked by an individual in the Hautes-Bruyères park, near a supermarket.
"The attacker was armed with a knife and was lashing out at anyone he could. There were claims he was carrying explosives.
"Armed police arrived within minutes and were able to neutralise the attacker with gunfire.
"One of the people wounded was rushed to hospital and is in intensive care."
Police fired at least three shots at the knifeman, it was reported.
Police urged people to stay away from the area.
Paris' police prefecture tweeted: "Parc des Hauts de Bruyères. Ongoing intervention by the police. Avoid the area."
Police have not yet commented on a possible motive for the attack.
The local prosecutor's office is currently handling the investigation.
The anti-terrorism office has not taken over the probe.
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