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8 children stabbed in knife attack in France

8 children stabbed in knife attack in France

PARIS — An attacker with a knife stabbed four young children and two adults in a French alpine town Thursday before being arrested, police said.

Police said the children were as young as 3 and that three of the injured — two children and an adult — were in a serious condition. Two other children were “slightly hurt,” police said.

President Emmanuel Macron said in a tweet that the suspect had carried out “an attack of cowardice” and said those injured were “between life and death.”

Footage captured Thursday appears to show a man armed with a knife running away from the scene. AFP – Getty Images

Lawmakers in the French Parliament interrupted a debate to hold a minute’s silence following news of the attack.

A group of school children were on a supervised trip to Lake Annecy in the country’s south when the attack happened at 9.45 a.m. local time (3:45 a.m. ET), the French National Police said.

Police said the attack took place in Le Pâquier d’Annecy, a park on the north side of the lake, which has a children’s play area and spectacular views across the lake and surrounding mountains.

Officials initially gave a higher count of those injured, but later revised the tally down.

Police secure a cordon in Annecy, following a mass stabbing Thursday.Olivier Chassignole / AFP – Getty Images

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said in a tweet that the suspect “was arrested thanks to the very rapid intervention of the police.”

Annecy Mayor François Astorg called the attack “appalling” and said there would be a news conference later.

The suspect is a 31-year-old of Syrian origin but a motive was unclear, police said.

This is a developing story. Check back here for updates soon.

Nancy Ing reported from Paris, and Patrick Smith reported from London.

Nancy Ing

Nancy Ing is a Paris-based producer.

Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith is a London-based editor and reporter for NBC News Digital.

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