Knife-wielding attacker shot by Paris railway security after shouting 'France is ruled by the Islamic State' – media reports

Officers at France's Saint-Lazare station have reportedly shot a knife-wielding man, who ran at staff shouting "Allahu Akbar. France is ruled by the Islamic State," following a routine request to follow Covid safety protocols.

The man was shot on Monday evening after he threatened station staff with a knife, leaving one security office seriously injured, according to France’s BFMTV.

According to French media the man was previously known to police for violent acts, but not known to the intelligence services or considered a terrorist threat prior to the incident.

Having initially been stopped for failing to wear a mask in compliance with Covid safety measures, the man reportedly got aggressive with staff before pulling out a knife and running at security officers screaming “Allahu Akbar. France is ruled by the Islamic State.”

Despite managing to harm one officer, the assailant was quickly shot twice, falling onto the tracks and being rushed to hospital, where he is believed to be undergoing treatment. 

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