Updated | Suspect in Paris attack born in Chechnya

French police shot dead a man who attacked people in the Opera district of Paris, leaving one dead and four wounded on Saturday •  Islamic State takes responsibility for attack

French police shot dead a man who attacked people with a knife in Paris
French police shot dead a man who attacked people with a knife in Paris

The suspect in a deadly knife attack in Paris on Saturday evening has been named by French media as being a Chechyian born Khamzat Asimov.

According to the reports, Asimov was born in Chechnya in 1997 and was on a list of inividuals believed to be a threat to national security by French authorities. The suspect is reported to not have been carrying any form of identification during the attack, with sources telling French media that he man had no criminal record.

The man had be categorised as "fiche S", a category which includes those suspected of Islamist radicalisation and which allows investigators to carry out surveillance without there being a cause for arrest.

French President Emmanuel Macron
French President Emmanuel Macron

On Saturday,  Parisian police shot dead a man who killed one person and wounded four others in a knife attack in the French capital's Opera district.

The attacker was described as "a terrorist" by French President Emmanuel Macron, who tweeted that his country has "once again paid in blood".

However, Macron vowed that France would not yield an inch to "the enemies of freedom", while paying homage to the victims of the attack and the police officers who neutralised the assailant.

The attack happened at around 9.30pm in a district popular with tourists. People scrambled for shelter in nearby restaurants and cafes and eye witnesses are reported to have seen the attacker being blocked from entering restaurants by patrons inside.

French media report that the man was heard shouting "Allahu Akbar".

Police said the attacker was shot dead with France24 reporting that police officers initially tried to taser the attacker before firing two shots to stop him.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, which has left two victims seriously injured.

In November 2015, Paris suffered a series of coordinated terrorist attacks that killed 130 people, including 89 at the Bataclan theatre.

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