Seven people including two British tourists have been wounded in Paris after they were attacked by a man armed with a knife and an iron bar, according to police and other sources.
A source close to the inquiry said the suspect has been arrested and is believed to be an Afghan national. “Nothing at this stage shows signs of a terrorist nature in these assaults,” the sources said, adding that the attacker had targeted “strangers in the street”.
Of the seven wounded, four are in a critical condition, police said. The incident took place just after 11 pm (2100 GMT) on Sunday on the banks of a canal in the north-east of the capital.
A police investigation has been launched into attempted murder, according to a judicial source.
It is the latest of several knife attacks France has seen in recent months, with terrorism being ruled out in most cases.