FRANCE TERROR: Police swarm as 7 injured after man goes on rampage in Toulouse
The man, believed to be in his early 40s, shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ before launching an attack on members of the public on Avenue Frederic-Estebe.
Officers were quickly alerted to the situation by passersby and it took three officers to bring the situation under control, according to French news site La Depeche.
One man told local media: “We were chatting and he jumped on us. He first caught my son and then beat my daughter. We ran.”
The attacker was not carrying any weapons but two victims were taken to hospital with minor injuries.
According to local reports, the man is well-known to authorities.
The police union SGP unit responded immediately and “gives its full support to the officials involved” while praising the “professional and cool” handling of a “delicate” situation.
The perpetrator is believed to have stayed in a psychiatric hospital before he was released in April this year and reportedly burst into tears when officials managed to detain him.