A terrorist shouted ‘Allah Akbar’ as he ‘slashed at the the throats of innocent bystanders’ in Paris last night – killing one and injuring four others.
Armed police swooped on the French capital’s historic Opera Garnier opera house shortly after 9pm and used a taser on the attacker before shooting him dead when he refused to surrender.
ISIS later claimed the unnamed killer, in his 20s, was one of their ‘soldiers’ as President Emmanuel Macron said ‘France has once again paid the price of blood’.
Dramatic footage shows scenes of panic as people sprinted away from the scene of the rampage where someone could be seen covered in blood and lying on their back in the street.
The bloodbath, which left a 29-year-old man dead, took place in Rue Monsigny in the 2nd arrondissement – an area between the main opera house and the Louvre museum, two major tourist attractions full of bars, restaurants and theatres which were brimming on a weekend night.
One horrified witness said people hid in a bar after seeing the assailant ‘slaughter’ someone in the street. Another said they heard four shots in quick succession.
The terror attack follows a series of jihadist atrocities in France which have seen almost 250 killed by terrorists since early 2015.
Following tonight’s attack, an investigating source said: ‘A 29-year-old man died after being stabbed by an assailant close to the Opera House.
‘The attacker targeted an area full of restaurants and bars close. He shouted ‘Kill me before I kill you’ and also used the words Alluhu Akbar.
‘He was slashing throats indiscriminately using a knife before police arrived on the scene. They were able to shoot him dead.’
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility, according to the SITE monitoring group.
‘The executor of the stabbing operation in the city of Paris is a soldier of the Islamic State and the operation was carried out in response to the calls to target the coalition states,’ a ‘security source’ told IS’s official Amaq news agency, according to SITE.
The initial attack took place on Rue Monsigny, in the 2ndarrondissement, where crowds were seen running away in panic.
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Police shot dead the attacker in the busy Opéra district after he killed a man and injured four other people.