MARSEILLE, France/PARIS- Two women were stabbed to death and their assailant shot dead by soldiers in the southern French port city of Marseille on Sunday in what police sources described as a “likely terrorist act.”
Three police sources said the suspect had shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest) as he carried out his attack at Marseille’s main railway station.
Tourists were locked inside the Eiffel Tower and the Eurostar evacuated.
The car detonated in the eastern district of Jamila, police said, as Iraqi government forces were preparing to declare victory over the Sunni Muslim militants of Islamic State more than 400 km (250 miles) further north in the city of Tal Afar.
Medics reported that at least 8 are dead and approximately 25 were wounded in the explosion.
Catalan police confirmed the shooting death of Younes Abouyaaqoub, the main suspect in the Barcelona attack on Las Ramblas in which 14 people died and over 100 were injured.
All 12 members of the terrorist cell which carried out the attack are either dead or in custody, but the authorities are not closing the investigation.
It has happened again: A vehicle driven by a radical jihadist maniac plowed into a crowd of people in a densely populated city, this time killing 13 and injuring dozens in Barcelona. In a second attack there, a car rammed into two police officers .
As in Nice, as in London, as in Stockholm, as in Jerusalem.
By Ahmed Kingimi
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) – A woman suicide bomber blew herself up and killed 27 others at a market in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, two local officials said, in an attack bearing the hallmark of Boko Haram militants.Two more suicide bombers detonated their devices at the gates to a nearby refugee camp, wounding many people, an emergency services official said.
In all, 83 people were wounded in the three explosions near the city of Maiduguri, epicenter of the long-running conflict between government forces and Boko Haram.
A young girl has been killed and at least 12 people injured after a car deliberately drove into a pizzeria in a small village to the east of Paris. The car ploughed into the busy terrace of the restaurant in Sept-Sorts, a village of about 450 inhabitants in Seine et Marne. A spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior said the young girl killed was 13-years-old. He added four people were in a critical condition and eight suffered from less serious injuries.
Witnesses were quoted as saying that three gunmen opened fire on customers seated outside a hotel and restaurant.
The city centre has been sealed off by the army, and the US embassy in Ouagadougou has warned its citizens to avoid the area.
A jihadist attack on a cafe nearby left 30 people dead in January last year.
There are fears that the attack is the work of one of the affiliates of al-Qaeda that are active in the Sahel region, the BBC’s Alex Duval Smith reports.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Sunday that security had been increased at Sydney Airport since Thursday because of the plot.
“I can report last night that there has been a major joint counterterrorism operation to disrupt a terrorist plot to bring down an airplane,” Turnbull told reporters. “The operation is continuing.”