French authorities launch terrorism probe after knife attack kills 1, injures 4

French authorities have opened a terrorism investigation after a knife-wielding assailant killed one person and injured four others in central Paris.

Saturday's attack occurred in a busy neighbourhood of the city's Right Bank, the Paris prosecutor said. 

President Emmanuel Macron tweeted his praise for police who "neutralized the terrorist." 

Police say they killed a suspect. Witnesses reported that he shouted "Allahu Akbar," or "God is great" in Arabic, prosecutor Francois Molins said.

Firefighter vehicles block Saint Augustin street in central Paris after the attack. (Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images)

Molins told reporters that, based on the method of the attack, counterterrorism authorities are leading the investigation on potential charges of murder and attempted murder in connection with terrorist motives.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group's news agency, Aamaq, claimed the suspect as one of its "soldiers" on Saturday night.

The Aamaq statement did not provide evidence for its claim or details on the identity of the assailant.

France has been repeatedly targeted by ISIS, and has experienced multiple deadly attacks. France's military has been active in the U.S.-led coalition against the militant group in Iraq and Syria since 2014.

"France is once again paying the price of blood, but will not cede an inch to enemies of freedom," Macron said.

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