Paris terror attack: Knifeman shot dead by police after killing one and injuring four was Russian, sources say

More than 245 people have been killed in a string of jihadist attacks across France in the past three years.

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The knifeman who killed one person and wounded four others in a suspected terror attack in central Paris was a Russian born in Chechnya in 1997, a judicial source said on Sunday.

Armed with a knife, the attacker lunged at bystanders in the French capital on Saturday night, killing at least one man and injuring four others before being shot dead by police.

The assailant shouted ‘Allahu Akhbar’ (Arabic for God is greatest) as he struck pedestrians. Two of the injured were in serious condition.

Islamic State of the Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the SITE monitoring group, but provided no corroborating proof.

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