Man kills mother and sister in France knife attack amid IS claim

Prosecutors were not immediately treating the attack as a terrorism case.

A police officer stands guard in Trappes (Michel Euler/AP)
A police officer stands guard in Trappes (Michel Euler/AP)

A man flagged by French authorities as a suspected radical has killed his mother and sister and seriously injured another woman in a knife attack that was quickly claimed by Islamic State.

Police shot and killed the man, whose motives were not immediately clear.

Authorities did not rule out a family dispute and prosecutors were not immediately treating the attack as a terrorism case.

Three French officials identified the two people killed in the attack in Trappes as the mother and sister of the attacker.

French police officers cordon off the area (Michel Euler/AP)

The third victim, a passer-by who was gravely injured in the attack, was also a woman, one of the officials said.

IS, via its Aamaq news agency, claimed responsibility.

The agency said the attack in Trappes was motivated by calls from the IS leadership to attack civilians in countries at war with the extremist group.

Hours earlier, IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi urged followers to attack enemies everywhere by all means, including in knife attacks.

Police officials said the man was flagged in a government database of suspected religious and political extremists.

French interior minister Gerard Collomb leaves the scene (Michel Euler/AP)

The French interior minister said the man had “serious psychiatric problems”.

Gerard Collomb said the attack is not being treated as a terrorist case for the moment, despite the claim of responsibility by IS.

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The minister said a third person who was seriously injured was not a member of the family.

Mr Collomb said police shot and killed the man after he came out of his mother’s house wielding a knife and ignored their warnings.

Press Association

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