UPDATE:ISIS claimed responsibility for Sunday’s knife attack at the Marseille train station in southern France that left two women dead.
October 1, 2017 French Security Service Police shot and killed an knife wielding man after he stabbed several people, killing at least two at a busy train station in Marseilles on Sunday. French authorities are treating the incident as a terrorist attack.
French soldiers intervened after the suspect stabbed several people, killing at least two victims at Marseille’s Saint-Charles railway station in southern France. Witnesses say the suspect yelled “Allahu Akbar” during the knife attack. The area around the train station remains cordoned off as the police investigation into the attack continues.
French soldiers have been patrolling Marseille’s streets and transportation hubs since the 2015 Paris attack. Since then, there have been several attacks in Marseilles. In September, a woman was killed when a driver deliberately rammed into two bus stops last month. Last week, a woman with a history of mental illness attacked four American students with acid.
In April, French authorities arrested two men in Marseille accused of plotting an “imminent” terror attack. In January 2016, a Turkish teen and self proclaimed ISIS supporter attacked a Jewish teacher on a Marseille street. The Islamic State or ISIS has claimed responsibility for several recent terrorist attacks in Europe and the United States.
On Thursday, the Islamic State or ISIS released a new audio recording of its top leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi urging followers in the West to specifically target media outlets and cultural hubs.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."