MARSEILLE — A man with a knife killed two women at the main train station in the French city of Marseille on Sunday, shouting ‘‘Allahu akbar’’ in a terrorist attack claimed by the Islamic State.
Interior Minister Gerard Collomb, who went to Marseille to meet with local authorities and troops on the scene, said local police have video that shows a man attacking a woman and running away, then coming back and attacking a second woman.
The video shows the same man running toward soldiers who were rushing to Marseille Saint Charles train station. The soldiers fatally shot him and both of the women died of their injuries, Collomb said.
Some witnesses reported hearing the assailant shout ‘‘Allahu akbar,’’ Arabic for ‘‘God is great,’’ Collomb said. The Islamic State said the suspect was one of its “soldiers.’’
Earlier this month, four Boston College students were attacked with acid at the same Marseille station. Authorities said the female assailant was suffering from a mental illness and her actions were not investigated as a terror attack.