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France. A 14-year-old girl is dead after a knife attack – she suffered a heart attack

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A fourteen-year-old student has died after suffering a heart attack after a knife attack on children in front of her school in eastern France, the AFP news agency reported on Friday.

On Thursday, local authorities reported a knife attack that occurred the same day in Souffelweyersheim in eastern France, near Strasbourg. Two girls were injured – aged 6 and 11. An 11-year-old girl was stabbed in front of the school building, and a 6-year-old girl was stabbed in a nearby park – “Le Monde” reported. Both were taken to hospital with “superficial injuries” and left in the evening, the Strasbourg prosecutor's office reported. The suspect was arrested.

Knife attack in France. Two girls injuredFREDERICK FLORIN/EastNews

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A 14-year-old girl died after a knife attack

Meanwhile, a 14-year-old student who suffered a cardiac arrest after the attack by the attacker has died. According to AFP, teachers quickly called emergency services. However, the girl died late in the afternoon, as the school principal informed the agency on Friday. – The investigation is ongoing and I cannot say whether this young girl had a heart defect or not, Georges Schuler, mayor of Reichstett, where the deceased 14-year-old came from, told AFP. The agency also asked Education Minister Nicole Belloubet for a comment. – It was with great sadness that I received the information about the student's death – she commented. “The entire French education system is in mourning, along with her family,” she added.

The suspect in the attack on the two girls was not previously known to the French police. According to the services, he is a man born in 1995, and the motives for his attack “do not seem to be related to radicalism.” – The gendarmerie has averted the threat, the children are safe and no longer in danger, said Jean-Baptiste Peyrat, a representative of the local authorities. – The suspect's motives remain unknown at this stage – said a representative of the prosecutor's office in Strasbourg, quoted on Friday by the website of the daily “Le Figaro”.

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Main photo source: FREDERICK FLORIN/EastNews

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