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Two killed, one severely injured in fresh France attacks

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Alleged photo of the street in France's Cholet where an elderly couple was attacked by a man with a sharp object (via Twitter)

Two people have been killed and a third seriously injured after they were attacked with a sharp object in double assaults in the city of Cholet, west of France.

The alleged perpetrator is a 35-year-old man, known to the police for common law offenses.

According to preliminary findings, the man has come down from his apartment and passed a first person in his hall on Saturday afternoon.

He allegedly attacked her violently, inflicting severe blows on her head. She finally succumbed to her injuries and became the first victim of the attacks.

The man is then said to have left his building, and gone to a park, attacking an elderly couple: the man, aged 83, died of his injuries during his transfer by helicopter to the hospital.

His 81-year-old wife suffered serious injuries but her life is no longer in danger, according to French media reports.

The man then returned home, to his apartment, where he was arrested by law enforcement. His motivations are still unknown.

Preliminary investigation does not consider the attacks to be a terrorism incident, Europe 1 reports.

AFP quoted the Prosecutor in Angers as saying that the weapon used in the attacks was a cutting tool.

The prosecutor said the man was arrested “because it could correspond to an alert given to us.” Man lives “in one of the nearby buildings”, according to the same source.

“But there is not enough evidence to say ‘we have the perpetrator’,” according to the prosecutor.

In the past few weeks Takfiri extremists have killed four people in France after a series of Islamophobic statements from French President Emmanuel Macron as well as the overt promotion of blasphemous cartoons of Prophet Muhammad.

On October 29, a knife attack considered a "suspected terror attack," occurred at the Basilica of Notre-Dame in Nice, France, at 9 am local time, killing three including a woman.

While the Saturday attacks in Cholet has not been described as a terrorism incident, it happened on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the 2015 attacks, in which 130 people were killed in what is the country’s deadliest peacetime attack.

Takfiri extremists linked to Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack as a response to France’s military involvement in Syria and Iraq.

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