Man injures four people, shot dead after Marseille knife attack

Police said they shot the assailant when he threatened them with a weapon. He was in a critical condition. (AP)
Updated 20 February 2019

Man injures four people, shot dead after Marseille knife attack

MARSEILLE, France: A knife-wielding man on a wanted list was shot dead by police Tuesday shortly after he injured four people, one seriously, on a major street in the French city of Marseille, the local prosecutor said.
One person was seriously injured in the head, the prosecutor said, and three others suffered light injuries, Marseille prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux said.
The suspect received a six-month prison sentence last year that was suspended, but he failed to abide by the terms of the punishment, Tarabeux said.
“It was decided that this suspended sentence would then be carried out,” Tarabeux said. On Jan. 7, the man was put on a list for his arrest, he said.
The crimes for which the knife-attack suspect received convictions were not immediately clear. Investigators did not reveal his identity or say what they think the motivation was for Tuesday’s attack.


US coronavirus death toll tops 100,000

Updated 50 min 38 sec ago

US coronavirus death toll tops 100,000

  • Nearly 1.7 million infections have been tallied nationwide

WASHINGTON:: The United States has now recorded more than 100,000 coronavirus-related deaths, Johns Hopkins University reported Wednesday — a somber milestone and by far the highest total in the world.
The country reported its first death about three months ago. Since then, nearly 1.7 million infections have been tallied nationwide, according to the Baltimore-based school.
The actual number of deaths and infections is believed to be higher, experts say.
In the last 24 hours, the death toll was on the rise once again, with 1,401 deaths added, after three straight days of tolls under 700. The full death toll stood at 100,396.
The state of New York has seen nearly a third of all coronavirus-related deaths in the United States, where President Donald Trump ordered that flags fly at half-staff last weekend to honor the victims.
The first US virus death was reported on February 26, though officials now say they believe that others may have died of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, before that.
The country passed the 50,000-death threshold barely more than a month ago.
The number of deaths per capita in the United States is nevertheless lower than in several European countries, including Britain, Belgium, France, Italy and Spain.
Despite the grim toll, most US states are now moving toward ending the strict stay-at-home measures that were implemented to curb the spread of the virus.
President Donald Trump, who is running for reelection in November, is eager to stem the economic pain of the lockdown, which has left tens of millions of Americans without jobs.