Two Schoolgirls Wounded in Knife Attack in France – Officials

An assailant on Thursday wounded two girls, aged six and 11, in a knife attack close to their school in the east of France and was later arrested, officials said.

The 11-year-old was stabbed outside the school in the town of Souffelweyersheim just outside the main regional city of Strasbourg, while the six-year-old was attacked by the same man nearby.

According to the police, both received superficial wounds, adding that the attacker did not appear to have any known links to the radicals and was not previously known to the security services.

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Both girls are being treated in a paediatric hospital. Parents were later in the afternoon allowed to pick up their children, who had been confined to the school in the immediate aftermath of the attack.

“I’m really scared. We’ve been reassured that the children are safe inside, but we don’t know when we’ll be able to get them back,” Sarah, a mother of an eight-year-old pupil, told AFP before the green light was given to collect the children.