An ‘Islamic State‘ attacker has killed his mother and sister and seriously injured another woman in a knife attack just west of Paris.
The unidentified knifeman, who was flagged by French authorities as a suspected radical, stabbed the women in Trappes, in the Yvelines region, hours after an IS leader urged followers to ‘attack enemies everywhere by all means’.
The third victim, a passer-by who was gravely injured in the attack, was also a woman, a French official said.
Officials confirmed she was not a member of the family.
Authorities did not rule out a family dispute and prosecutors were not immediately treating the attack as a terrorism case.
Jean-Jacques Brot, the top government administrator in Yvelines, tweeted that the attacker in the town of Trappes was ‘neutralised’ and had died.
Islamic State, via its Aamaq news agency, claimed responsibility.
The agency said the attack in Trappes was motivated by calls from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to attack civilians in countries at war with the extremist group.
Hours earlier, IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi urged followers to attack enemies everywhere by all means, including in knife attacks.
Police officials said the man was flagged in a government database of suspected religious and political extremists.
The French interior minister said the man had ‘serious psychiatric problems’.
Gerard Collomb said the attack is not being treated as a terrorist case for the moment, despite the claim of responsibility by IS.
Mr Collomb said police shot and killed the man after he came out of his mother’s house wielding a knife and ignored their warnings.