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Two killed in knife attack in French town under coronavirus lockdown

Two people were killed by a knifeman as shoppers queued outside a bakery in a town in southeastern France.

At least four others were injured from the attack at around 11am morning in Romans-sur-Isere, which is currently on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The suspect was arrested by police nearby and is yet to be identified by prosecutors. They say he had no documents but claimed to be Sudanese and to have been born in 1987.

Like the rest of the France, residents of the town south of Lyon have been told to follow strict lockdown measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. It is likely people caught up in this morning’s attack on a shopping street were stocking up groceries for the week ahead.

Authorities are still trying to establish whether the attack was motivated by terrorism. They could not confirm French media reports that there were seven other casualties, one of whom is in a critical condition.

More to follow.

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