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29 oct. 2020 | 11h22 UTC

France: Knife-wielding man killed by police in Avignon October 29

France Alerte de sécurité

Knife-wielding man killed by police after attacking officers in the Montfavet district of Avignon on October 29; localized disruptions likely in near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 29/10/2020, 12h00 until 31/10/2020, 11h59 (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION Avignon


French police reportedly killed a knife-wielding man on the streets of Montfavet district of Avignon on Thursday, October 29, after he attempted to attack officers around 11:15 (local time). According to police, the man had earlier threatened passersby with a knife and possibly a handgun. The man was shot dead after engaging police. No one else was reportedly injured in the incident. An investigation is ongoing as the latest attack comes hours after a similar attack in Nice where three people were killed and multiple others were injured.   

Police operations are ongoing in the Montfavet area of Avignon and localized disruptions are likely in the near term.


Those in the area should monitor developments, anticipate travel disruptions, and heed any directives issued by local authorities. Any suspicious activity should be immediately reported to police.


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