Paris stabbing: Several injured in knife spree, suspect arrested

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TWO British tourists were among seven injured by a rampaging knifeman in Paris on Sunday night.

The man, said to be an Afghan national, was arrested.

A bystander fought off the attacker with balls from a petanque game, a local kind of bowling, until police arrived.

The man had initially stabbed two men and a woman near the MK2 cinema.

Police didn't provide information about the identities of the victims, but said they included two British tourists.

One was particularly badly hurt after being "stabbed in the head", while the other was "cut in the chest".

The pair were then attacked, he said.

The attacker was wrestled to the ground by locals and then placed under arrest by a police anti-criminality squad.... "They started throwing pétanque balls at him", he said.

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In total at least seven people were injured by the individual, four of whom have been hospitalized in serious condition, according to a judicial source.

Police and ambulance crews arrived on the scene shortly afterwards, witnesses said, and the man was taken into custody.

The attacker was reportedly previously known to police.

Sunday evening's attack was the latest in a stream of knife crimes in France recently.

"He had an iron bar in his hand which he threw at the men chasing him, then he took out a knife", he told AFP.

The Paris prosecutors' office is handling the investigation.

More than 240 people have been killed by Islamist extremists since a massacre at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in Paris in January 2015.