Seven individuals were wounded during a savage knife attack in Paris’s 19th district.
Reports out of the French metropolis indicate that several individuals were attacked, including two older British tourists who sustained serious stab wounds to the chest and stomach.
The stabbing spree was allegedly initiated by an Afghan, who stabbed two men and a woman near a cinema before locals took notice and began attacking him with heavy balls used to play petanque, a french bowling game.
“There were around 20 people chasing him. They started throwing pétanque balls at him,” bystander Youssef Najah told the BBC. “Around four or five balls hit him in the head, but they weren’t able to stop him.”
The Afghan was eventually taken down by bystanders, who were quickly reinforced by the Anti-Crime Squad of the French Police.
Parisians have had many issues in the 19th district, which has quickly become a squalid magnet for migrants, refugees and criminals. Lined with tents, garbage and human waste, the streets of the 19th are a common backdrop for knife attacks.
French police do not believe the incident to be “terror-related,” and knife crime has become more common over the past few months.
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