Man kills mother, sister in Paris suburb; France sees no apparent terror tie
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Man kills mother, sister in Paris suburb; France sees no apparent terror tie

Trappes attacker, who was shot and killed by police, also seriously injured bystander in stabbing claimed by Islamic State

Police officers stand guard after a knife attack August 23, 2018 in Trappes, west of Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Police officers stand guard after a knife attack August 23, 2018 in Trappes, west of Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

TRAPPES, France — A man with severe psychiatric problems killed his mother and sister and seriously injured another woman in a knife attack Thursday in a suburb of Paris.

Police shot and killed the man soon afterward. The Islamic State terror group, which has a history of opportunistic claims, swiftly claimed responsibility.

French prosecutors are not treating the attack as a terrorism case, said Interior Minister Gerard Collomb. He noted the attacker suffered from serious mental health issues although he had also been flagged for glorifying terrorism.

Collomb said the man killed his mother at home and stabbed the others outside.

The Islamic State group, via its Aamaq news agency, claimed responsibility. The agency said the attack in Trappes was motivated by calls from the IS leadership to attack civilians in countries at war with the terror group. Hours earlier, IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi urged followers to attack enemies everywhere.

The Islamic State group, which has lost most of the territories it once controlled in Iraq and Syria, has been known to make opportunistic claims in the past, even when there was no established link between an attacker and the extremist group.

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