A man stabbed several people in the city center of Romans-sur-Isère, in the Drôme, this Saturday morning according to our colleagues from Dauphiné Libéré.
This knife attack, in a bakery, a tobacco shop and on the street, killed at least two people.
Four people were injured. Three of the injured were seriously injured.
The suspect, 28 or 33 years old depending on the source, was born in Sudan. He was arrested around 11 a.m. shortly after his terrible carnage. Recipient of refugee status since 2017, he was unknown to the police, whether for common law or terrorist acts.
His roommate, who lives with him in a downtown apartment, was also arrested.
Two dead, five injured
The two people who died in the knife attack are two men aged 44 and 55. A 63-year-old injured man is in serious condition.
Four other people were injured: two men aged 65 and 59, and two women aged 48 and 49.
The Lyon judicial police are seized of the investigation. The National Counter-Terrorism Prosecutor's Office (PNAT), in conjunction with the Valencia Prosecutor's Office, “is currently under evaluation” to find out whether it is seizing the investigation.
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner went there. According to our colleagues from the Dauphiné libéré, he described the acts committed in the town center of Romans as a “terrorist journey” and praised the work of the security forces who quickly arrested the suspect.
Despite everything, he specified that it would be up to the prosecutor of the national anti-terrorist prosecutor's office to qualify whether these facts are terrorist or not: “He is in permanent contact with the local prosecutor who is in charge of the investigation carried out by the judicial police.”
This attack comes at a time when France has been living under a constant terrorist threat since the unprecedented wave of jihadist attacks started in 2015.
My thoughts are with the victims of the Romans-sur-Isère attack, the injured, their families. All the light will be shed on this odious act which comes to mourn our country already hard hit in recent weeks.
– Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 4, 2020
Emmanuel Macron, also reacted via the social networks Twitter, by affirming that “all the light will be made on this odious act which comes to mourn our country already hard hit these last weeks”.