Asylum Seeker Stabs People in Lyon: One Dead and Eight Wounded
A stabbing at a metro station in Villeurbanne, France, near Lyon, killed one on Saturday. It’s a 19-year-old boy. At least eight people were injured, three of whom were severe, AFP news agency reports.
A person would be in danger of death. The violent attack occurred at the Laurent-Bonnevay metro station in the suburb of Lyon.
One suspect was arrested. It is a 33-year-old Afghan man who had filed an asylum application with the French government and was still waiting for a response, reports the AP news agency.
According to two AP sources, the suspect provided contradictory information to the police but allegedly had no terrorist motive. The man was not known to the police, AFP states.
The man had a kitchen knife and a barbecue fork with him. He was overpowered by bystanders and has since been arrested. Previously there was also a second perpetrator on whom a search would have been going on.
A police source opposite AFP is now denying this. The incident occurred around 4.30 p.m.
A girl tells the news agency was sobbing and with a blood-coloured top that the man at the bus 57 bus stop “suddenly flinging in all directions.”
The girl saw how a person’s belly was cut open, how he stuck a man in his head and that a woman was cut into the ear.
More than thirty social workers came to the scene to help the victims, who were both in the station and the forecourt.
Bus and metro lines have been shut down, and the station has been closed. Soldiers are on the spot. The mayor of Lyon also came to the scene to take a closer look and to show his condolences.