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Knife attack in Marseille: police kills assailer who wounded four

Police shot and killed Marseille knife attacker
Police shot and killed Marseille knife attacker Philippe HUGUEN / AFP

A man wounded two pedestrians in a knife attack in the southern French city of Marseille on Tuesday, before being shot and wounded by police, officials said.The motive of the assailant is unclear.

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The attack took place in the centre of the port city, the second largest in France.

Police said they shot the assailant when he threatened them with a weapon.

According to the online version of local La Provence newspaper, the four people wounded were three men of 23, 27 and 35 years old and a woman of 52 years old. Two of them were in critical condition.

The online publication reports that the assailant was a 36 years old homeless male from the city who was known to the police in relation to a murder committed in 2003.

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