Knifeman who killed his mum and sister shot dead by Paris police

The attack happened in the Paris suburb of Trappes

The attack happened in the Paris suburb of Trappes

Despite providing no evidence, the Islamic State group claimed the attack via its propaganda channel.

Earlier, media reports said the attacker had used a knife on his victims before being shot by police.

The man was "neutralised" by police in Trappes after trying to hide in a building, the source said, without specifying if he had been killed.

Jean-Jacques Brot, the top government administrator in the Yvelines region, tweeted that the attacker in the town of Trappes was "neutralized" Thursday and had died.

French authorities said a knife attacker killed two people and seriously wounded one more in the Paris suburb of Trappes Thursday morning before being killed by police.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb described the man as a "criminal who had significant psychiatric problems" and stated that the attack was likely not an act of terrorism.

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BFM TV said the attacker shouted "Allahu Akbar", but police could not confirm this, and they said investigators were looking into whether this was a family quarrel.

Mr Collomb tweeted: "My first thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones".

Experts have urged caution about recent IS claims of responsibility for attacks around the world, because declarations have multiplied as it faces defeat on the battlefield in the Middle East.

The suburb of Trappes, which is around 16 miles from the centre of Paris, is known for gang violence and poverty and has a population of around 30,000.

France has been hit by a string of high profile terrorist attacks, including on a prominent satirical magazine and a rampage through Paris in November 2015.

About 50 locals are suspected of having left France to fight for the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, French security sources have previously told AFP.

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