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Knifeman ‘kills mother and sister’ in attack near Paris

The two people killed in a knife attack on Thursday in the Paris suburb of Trappes were the knifeman's sister and mother, a security source told AFP.

Knifeman 'kills mother and sister' in attack near Paris
French police officials walk beside a road in Trappes, south-west of Paris on August 23, 2018, following a knife attack. Photo: AFP
A third person was seriously injured by the attacker, who has been killed by police, local authorities said.
 
The man, who police said had been on a terror watch list since 2016, was later shot and killed after confronting police in Trappes.
 
Rue Camille Claude in Trappes, where the double homicide took place. Photo: Google Streetview
 
The motive for the violence remains unclear, but the Islamic State group claimed the attack via its propaganda channel.
   
Experts urge caution about the group's announcements, however, because it has lost credibility after recently claiming seemingly unrelated violence as it faces defeat on the battlefield in the Middle East.

 
Police at the scene of the murder in Trappes. Photo: Brut Screenshot
 
BFM TV reported that the man was born in 1982 and the man had been on the terror watch list after expressing extremist views, a police source said.
 
 
France's Interior Minister Gerard Collomb tweeted (see below): “The man has been neutralized. My first thoughts go out to the victims and their loved ones.
 
“I want to congratulate the French police for their quick response time and exemplary mobilisation.
 
“They are already investigating to establish the circumstances of this tragedy.”
   
Trappes has a population of around 30,000 and is part of the far suburbs of the greater Paris area.
 
Only a short drive from the wealthy area of Versailles, home to the world-famous Versailles Palace, the town is known for problems linked to poverty, gangs and hardline interpretations of Islam.
 
It has a large Muslim population and about 50 locals are suspected of having left France to fight for the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, French security sources have previously told AFP.

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Pensioner held over murder on French nudist beach

A 75-year-old man has been arrested in France over a murder on a well-known nudist beach outside the southeastern city of Lyon, prosecutors said.

Pensioner held over murder on French nudist beach

The victim, aged 46, was killed on Saturday at the La Mama beach on a lake in the Lyon suburb of Miribel, regional prosecutors said.

The 75-year-old is suspected of shooting the victim multiple times in the bushes nearby following a dispute that arose after the younger man allegedly exposed himself in front of a woman, they added.

The regional daily Le Progres said that the suspect is a member of a shooting club and legally possesses a calibre 22 rifle. The victim was known to the police, it said.

The Le Parisien daily added that according to its information the victim had been a cause of trouble on the beach all Saturday morning with tensions rising to a peak when he began to masturbate in front of a woman.

An altercation ensued at which point the septuagenarian reached for his gun.

Le Progres said that at the peak of the summer season the beach — well known to Lyon’s inhabitants — was operating as normal on Sunday.

Participants in the World Naked Bike Ride France arrived even as police carried out investigations and images showed naked bathers enjoying the hot weather.

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