France launches terrorism probe after stabbing spree in southeast town

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French authorities have launched a terrorism probe after a knife attack killed two people and wounded five in the township of Romans-sur-Isère on April 4, Reuters reports. According to BBC News, the attack began at a tobacconist's shop in the town square.

AFP reports suspect Abdallah Ahmed-Osman, a Sudanese refugee in his 30s, stabbed the owners and a customer. After that, he attacked several more people in two other stores including a butcher's shop.

Citing the butcher shop's owner, AFP reports Ahmed-Osman seized another knife and stabbed a customer, who died despite the shop owners' efforts to save the victim. The suspect then allegedly ran outside and attacked people queued up by a bakery.

According to AFP, the police arrested Ahmed-Osman as he knelt in prayer while speaking in Arabic. The police arrested a second Sudanese managed 28 at Ahmed-Osman's residence and later detained a third, younger Sudanese man who also lived in the household. Texts with religious connotations were recovered.


RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Location of attack and casualties
2. The suspect Abdallah Ahmed-Osman began stabbing at the town tobacconist
3. Suspect seized the second knife at a butcher store and killed a customer
4. Abdallah Ahmed-Osman and two other Sudanese men at his residence arrested

VOICEOVER (in English):
"French authorities have launched a terrorism probe after a knife attack killed two people and wounded five in the township of Romans-sur-Isère on April 4, Reuters reports. According to BBC News, the attack began at a tobacconist's shop in the town square."

"AFP reports suspect Abdallah Ahmed-Osman, a Sudanese refugee in his 30s, stabbed the owners and a customer. After that, he attacked several more people in two other stores including a butcher's shop."

"Citing the butcher shop's owner, AFP reports Ahmed-Osman seized another knife and stabbed a customer, who died despite the shop owners' efforts to save the victim. The suspect then allegedly ran outside and attacked people queued up by a bakery."

"According to AFP, the police arrested Ahmed-Osman as he knelt in prayer while speaking in Arabic. The police arrested a second Sudanese man aged 28 at Ahmed-Osman's residence and later detained a third, younger Sudanese man who also lived in the household. Texts with religious connotations were recovered."


SOURCES: Reuters, AFP, BBC News
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-security/frances-anti-terror-prosecutor-probes-knife-attack-in-southeast-town-idUSKBN21M0EY
https://www.afp.com/en/news/15/three-sudanese-arrested-over-french-terror-stabbing-doc-1qe5f62
https://www.afp.com/en/news/15/france-launches-terror-probe-after-two-killed-stabbing-spree-doc-1qe3yl2
http://www.rfi.fr/en/wires/20200405-three-sudanese-arrested-over-french-terror-stabbing
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52165522