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Man Shot Dead By Police After Deadly Paris Knife Rampage

French police shot dead a man on Friday after he went on the rampage with a knife in a park, killing one person and seriously injuring several others, prosecutors said.

The attack happened in the suburb of Villejuif, about eight km south of central Paris.

Police cordoned off the area around the park, and the deputy head of the French interior ministry was at the scene talking to police officers.

Police officers stand guard on January 3, 2020 on the site where police shot dead a knife-wielding man who killed one person and injured at least two others. Image: Getty

Two injured victims are being treated in nearby hospitals, Laure Beccuau, the prosecutor whose office is handling the case, told reporters.

"The suspect tried to attack other victims during his murderous spree, who were able to escape," she said.

Beccuau said witnesses were being interviewed to establish what happened. She declined to disclose details about the attacker.

Police and firefighter gather on January 3, 2020 on the site where police shot dead a knife-wielding man who killed one person and injured at least two others. Image: Getty

Laurent Nunez, the deputy interior minister, visited the scene and said the attacker would likely have hurt more people if police had not shot him when they did. “It was an extremely courageous act,” Nunez said.

In the past four years, the French capital has been rocked by major attacks resulting in mass casualties.

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