France opens terror probe after 2 women stabbed to death in Marseilles
By Matthew Dalton
Assailant killed by police near train station
PARIS -- French authorities opened a terror investigation Sunday after a man stabbed two women to death around a train station in the center of Marseille.
French soldiers patrolling the area shot and killed the man after his rampage near the Saint-Charles rail station, according to a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor's office, which handles terrorism investigations across the country.
Speaking in Marseille, French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said authorities have launched a national investigation into the stabbing. "This act could be terrorist, but we can't confirm it right now," he said.
The stabbing marks the latest in a drumbeat of terrorist attacks in France. Islamic State leaders have targeted the nation, orchestrating the assaults of Nov. 2015 that left 130 dead around Paris. Since then, Islamist militants have carried out roughly a dozen attacks in France.
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