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First responders arrive at scene of knife attack in French Alps town of Annecy

Syrian Refugee Injures 4 Children, Adult in Knife Attack in French Alps Town: Report

A Syrian national was arrested Thursday, June 8, after allegedly stabbing four children and an adult in the French Alps town of Annecy in a knife attack that President Emmanuel Macron is decrying as an act of "absolute cowardice."

A witness told French media following the stabbing spree that he saw first responders working on "little bodies, 3 or 4 years old, perhaps." The suspect has not been publicly identified, but a police official told British media that he is a Syrian national with legal refugee status in the country.

"Attack of absolute cowardice this morning in a park in Annecy. Children and an adult are between life and death," Macron said on Twitter. "The Nation is in shock. Our thoughts are with them as well as their families and the emergency services mobilized."

"The individual was arrested thanks to the very rapid intervention of the police," French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Twitter.

Police say two children and one adult have suffered life-threatening injuries, while the other two children were slightly hurt. The children were attacked on a playground close to a primary school.

"He jumped [in the playground], started shouting, and then went towards the strollers, repeatedly hitting the little ones with a knife," one witness was quoted by British media. The motive for the attack is unclear. The suspect is believed to be in his thirties, police said. (FN / VFI News)

“God, we ask that You comfort and give strength to the families of the children and the adult that were viciously attacked last Thursday. We pray for their quick and full recovery and we hope that You help uncover the truth behind this horrifying attack.”