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Two cousins stabbed to death by Islamic terrorist in Marseille...

The two victims of the Marseille knife attack were identified by their first names as cousins and best friends Mauranne and Laura, both 20.
Mauranne was from Eguilles, a town near Aix-en-Provence, and was studying medicine at Marseille university, where she lived on campus.
Yvon Berland, the president of the university, said she was a ‘brilliant student’, who would have enjoyed a ‘superb professional future’.
Tragic: The two victims of the Marseille knife attack were identified by their first names as cousins and best friends Mauranne (left) and Laura (right), both 20
Tragic: The two victims of the Marseille knife attack were identified by their first names as cousins and best friends Mauranne (left) and Laura (right), both 20
Laura lived in Rillieux-la-Pape, on the outskirts of Lyon, and had travelled to Marseille to celebrate her upcoming 21st birthday with her cousin and other friends.
Laura was in the second year of a course to qualify as a nurse in Lyon, and was also a scout leader, having joined the scout movement as a volunteer three years ago.
The two young women were sitting on a bench in warm sunshine outside Marseille's main train station waiting for Laura’s train home when they were stabbed to death by the suspected Islamic State knifeman on Sunday. 
The man shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ as he murdered the women outside St-Charles station in the southern city of Marseille on Sunday afternoon.
Out of custody: The attacker, pictured lying dead  after he was gunned down outside Saint Charles station, Marseille, was an illegal immigrant who had been arrested last week
Out of custody: The attacker, pictured lying dead  after he was gunned down outside Saint Charles station, Marseille, was an illegal immigrant who had been arrested last week
Shocked passers-by looked on in horror as he used a butcher’s knife to carry out the attack, before he was himself gunned down by a military patrol on anti-terrorism duties.
French prosecutors have today said the man presented a Tunisian passport when arrested last week. 
Despite ISIS claiming responsibility for the attack, investigators have not found any link so far between the assailant and the terror group. 
The man, who was aged between 30 and 35, has not been formally identified.
On Friday the attacker – who was a North African of either Algerian or Tunisian origin – was arrested in Lyon for shoplifting.
He had no papers on him and was in ‘an irregular situation in Europe’, so giving the authorities a chance to place him under judicial control.
‘Instead they let him go, and the next they heard about him was in connection with a double murder,’ said an investigating source in Marseille.
‘Forensic evidence has linked him with the incidents in Marseille and in Lyon, but his actual name and other details remain in dispute.
The attacker ¿ who was a North African of either Algerian or Tunisian origin ¿ was arrested in Lyon for shoplifting, but was released two days before the Marseille stabbings on Sunday 
The attacker – who was a North African of either Algerian or Tunisian origin – was arrested in Lyon for shoplifting, but was released two days before the Marseille stabbings on Sunday 
The assailant was gunned down by soldiers who were on patrol inside Saint Charles train station at the time as part of France's ongoing state of emergency
The assailant was gunned down by soldiers who were on patrol inside Saint Charles train station at the time as part of France's ongoing state of emergency
A body lies under a white sheet outside Marseille's main train station after a man with a butcher's knife attacked two women at the station
A body lies under a white sheet outside Marseille's main train station after a man with a butcher's knife attacked two women at the station
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‘He was known to police for his links to drug-related crimes, but had used up to eight identities over the past few months.’
The source said the murderer, who was not on a terrorist watch list, had no links with radicalisation, despite Islamic State claiming responsibility for his station attack. 
French President Emmanuel Macron has said he is 'Deeply outraged by this barbaric act’ and ‘sharing the pain’ of all those involved.
He said he ‘saluted’ the soldiers from Operation Sentinel, an anti-terrorism initiative, who ‘reacted with extreme calmness and efficiency’ as they killed the man.
Jean-Claude Gaudin, the Mayor of Marseille, has described the atrocity as a 'terrorist attack', while Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said it 'could be' related to terror.
It is thought to be the latest in a long series of Islamic State atrocities across France and the rest of Europe. 
The assailant was shot dead by soldiers who were patrolling the station as part of France's state of emergency
The assailant was shot dead by soldiers who were patrolling the station as part of France's state of emergency
The man shouted ¿Allahu Akbar¿ as he murdered the 17-year-old student and 21-year-old nurse outside St-Charles station
The man shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ as he murdered the 17-year-old student and 21-year-old nurse outside St-Charles station
Prosecutors have opened an enquiry into ‘murders in connection with a terrorist enterprise’ and ‘attempted murder of a person holding public authority’.
The second charge related to the knifeman trying to attack the soldiers who were shooting at him.
Earlier this month, four female American college students were attacked with acid at Marseille St-Charles.
A woman suffering with mental illness was arrested for an assault that had nothing to do with terrorism.
France remains under a state of emergency following a series of attacks by Islamist radicals linked to Islamic State and Al-Qaeda.
Security at transport hubs in France including rail stations has been massively stepped up because of repeated threats. 
Two women were stabbed to death and their assailant shot dead by soldiers in Marseille
Two women were stabbed to death and their assailant shot dead by soldiers in Marseille
French police search the body of the assailant shortly after he was gunned down outside the busy station
French police search the body of the assailant shortly after he was gunned down outside the busy station
Passengers forced to evacuate after Marseille knife attack


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Recent attacks have included an attempt to kill a soldier at the Eiffel Tower over the summer.
The 19-year-old psychiatric patient was placed in custody after he brandished a knife and pledged allegiance to Isis.
In April, 39-year-old police officers Xavier Jugele was shot dead while on duty on the Champs Elysee just days before the French presidential election.
Isis claimed the killing by Karim Cheurfi, also 39, who was shot dead by police in a gun battle. Two other officers were injured in the attack.
In June a student student shouted ‘This is for Syria’ as he tried to attack a policeman with a hammer outside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. He was shot and ended up in custody in hospital.
And in March a convicted criminal with links to radical Islam shouted 'I am here to die for Allah, there will be deaths' seconds before he was shot dead during an attack at Paris Orly airport.
Ziyed Ben Belgacem, a 39-year-old career criminal, was killed after wrestling a soldier's gun from her and fleeing into a McDonald's restaurant.
It followed the shooting in February of a man outside the Louvre museum in the heart of Paris after he attempted to storm the historic art gallery. 
Armed police patrol a bridge after Marseille station attack


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TIMELINE OF TERROR: ATTACKS IN FRANCE SINCE 2012

  • March, 2012 - Mohamed Merah, an al Qaeda-inspired gunman, kills seven people in three separate shootings in Toulouse. Victims included three soldiers of North African origin, a rabbi and his two young children.
  • December, 2014 - A man shouting 'Allahu Akbar' (God is greatest) injures 13 by ramming a vehicle into a crowd in the eastern city of Dijon. Prime Minister Manuel Valls says France has 'never before faced such a high threat linked to terrorism'. 
  • January, 2015 - Two brothers kill 12 people inside the Paris offices of magazine Charlie Hebdo in a supposed retaliation for the publication's cartoons of Prophet Muhammad. More are killed subsequently in attacks on a kosher market in eastern Paris and on police. There are 17 victims in all, including two police officers. The attackers are killed.
  • June, 2015 - Frenchman Yassin Salhi, 35, kills and beheads his boss and displays the severed head, surrounded by two Islamic flags, on the fence of a gas plant in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier in southeastern France. He tries to blow up the factory, but is arrested. He commits suicide in jail in December.
  • November 2015 - ISIS militants kill 130 people in France's worst atrocity since World War II. A series of suicide bomb and shooting attacks are launched on crowded sites in central Paris, as well as the northern suburb of Saint-Denis. ISIS claim responsibility. It leads to the declaration of a state of emergency in France. Police powers are expanded. 
  • January, 2016 - A man wielding a meat cleaver and carrying an ISIS emblem is shot dead as he tries to attack a police station in Paris. Convicted of theft in 2013, the man identified himself at the time as Moroccan-born Sallah Ali. 
  • June, 2016 - Two French police officers are murdered in their home in front of their 3-year-old son. ISIS claims responsibility for the slaying, carried out by a jihadist with a prior terrorist conviction. He is killed at the scene. 
  • July, 2016 - Amid Bastille Day celebrations in the Riviera city of Nice, a large truck is driven into a festive crowd. Some 86 people from a wide variety of countries are killed. The driver is shot dead. ISIS again claim responsibility for the attack. The state of emergency in France is extended. 
  • July, 2016 - Less than two weeks later, attackers slit the throat of a priest in a hostage-taking at his church in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. 
  • February, 2017 - A man armed with a machete is shot five times outside the Louvre museum after attempting to storm the historic art gallery. 
  • March, 2017 - Convicted criminal with links to radical Islam shouted 'I am here to die for Allah, there will be deaths' seconds before he was shot dead during an attack at Orly airport. 
  • June, 2017 - An Algerian man, 40, who had pledged allegiance to ISIS attacks a policeman with a hammer outside Notre Dame cathedral.
  • August, 2017 - A mentally ill 18-year-old is arrested at the Eiffel Tower after brandishing a knife and shouting 'Allahu Akbar' (God is Greatest). He later told investigators he wanted to kill a soldier.
  • September 2017 - French soldiers shot and a killed a man after he stabbed to death two women at Marseille's main train station.
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