Afghan asylum seeker knifeman launches rampage at bus stop in Lyon and kills a 19-year-old man on his way to a music festival and hurts nine others before being arrested

  • Attacker lunged at bystanders in bus stop outside metro station in Villeurbane
  • Of those who were injured three are believed to have been seriously wounded 
  • A 19-year-old man on his way to a music festival was stabbed to death in attack
  • Video online purported to show passersby restraining 33-year-old perpetrator 

A teenager has died and at least nine others are injured after a knifeman went on a stabbing spree in the French city of Lyon this afternoon. 

Sultan Marmed Niazi, armed with a kitchen knife and metal spit, carried out the attack outside the Laurent-Bonnevay metro station in the city’s Villeurbanne region.  

The 33-year-old, who is thought to be an Afghan immigrant, lunged at innocent bystanders waiting at a bus stop outside the station in broad daylight.

Of those injured three are believed to have been seriously wounded, while six suffered minor injuries. 

The one fatality was a 19-year-old man waiting on a bus to a music festival on the outskirts of Lyon.

He’s said to have lunged at innocent bystanders waiting at a bus stop outside a metro station

A huge emergency response at the Laurent-Bonnevay metro station in Villeurbanne, Lyon

The knifeman went on the rampage in broad daylight, killing one and injuring nine others 

Initial reports from local officials suggested police were looking for a second man, but a police source and the prosecutor’s office subsequently said Niazi acted alone. 

Niazi, who was videoed dropping his knife after the bloodbath, has offered ‘three conflicting reasons’ for what happened, but none are related to terrorist groups.

A police source said: ‘He targeted a 19-year-old man, who died at the scene, while nine others were also hurt, three very seriously.

‘It seemed to be entirely random. The arrested man had been seen lashing out with at least one blade, and possibly two.

‘As the attack intensified he was jumped by four bus conductors who managed to get the kitchen knife off him. There were around 30 people at the scene.

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