Two women, ages 17 and 20, were killed at a Marseille, France, train station on Sunday by a man dressed in all black who witnesses say was yelling “Allahu Akbar” before the stabbings.
The women, who were at Gare de Marseille-Saint-Charles, are the latest victims in an ongoing string of terror attacks in France and throughout Europe.
One of the women had her throat cut, and the other was stabbed in the chest and stomach.
Anti-terror prosecutors stated that they opened an investigation into “killings linked to a terrorist organization” and the “attempted killing of a public official.”
The French soldiers who shot the terrorist dead were part of Operation Sentinel, an ongoing, nationwide national security operation involving armed soldiers dispersed all over France due to the increasing number of terror attacks across the country.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to its propaganda arm.
This latest incident comes just days after ISIS released a new recording of who they claim is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the terrorist leader some thought to be dead, urging his followers to strike their enemies of the west.
This is the same train station where four American women were attacked with acid just a month ago, but that attack was deemed not terror-related. The authorities released that the attacker was a 41-year-old “deeply psychologically disturbed woman” who was known to the police for a string of small incidents.
French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: “Deeply outraged by this barbaric act, in pain with the families and relatives of the victims of Marseille. I hail the Operation Sentinel soldiers and the police forces who reacted with extreme calmness and efficiency.”
Marseille Mayor Jean-Claude Gaudin said he believed the incident to be a “terrorist attack,” while interior minister Gérard Collomb said it “could be” related to terror.
The Daily Mail summarized all of France’s terror attacks since 2012: