Man armed with knife stabs two people to death in France

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At least two people were killed after a knife-wielding man allegedly attacked people at a train station in Marseille, France, an official said. She added that she saw soldiers from France's Sentinelle force who were patrolling in the area arrive on the public square at the Gare Saint-Charles station.

Police are continuing the operation and are asking local residents to avoid the area Saint Charles.

According to the police, the attacker was shot dead. A witness told Reuters she heard the assailant shouting "Allahu Akbar" ("God is great", in Arabic) during the attack.

Police declined to speculate about the motives of the killer, who attacked passers-by with a knife, according to local reports.

A spokesman for Mr Collomb's departmentsaid: 'Anti-terrorist prosecutors have opened an enquiry, and the terrorist theory is privileged'.

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Christophe Castaner, the French government spokesman, said on Twitter that there was a "total mobilization of the state" to tackle the incident.

"I think the security services responded extremely quickly".

The station was evacuated amid a "major incident" after gunshots were heard and there is now a large police presence at the scene.

French television station BFM announced that the terrorist had been eliminated.

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