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Terror attacks: 2 killed in France, 5 injured in Canada

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Terror attacks in Canada, France: 2 killed, 5 injured Police investigators work outside the Saint-Charles train station. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

Paris/Toronto: Terror struck Marseille in France and Edmonton in Canada as two lone terrorists went on a rampage.

Two women were stabbed to death and their assailant shot dead by soldiers in the southern French port city of Marseille on Sunday in what police sources described as a "likely terrorist act".

Three police sources said the suspect had shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest) as he carried out his attack at Marseille's main railway station.

The two victims - one aged 17 and the other 20 - suffered gory injuries, two police sources said, saying one had her throat slit while the other was stabbed in the stomach.

Some 200 police officers had cordoned off the area and all roads were closed to traffic.

France has been in a state of emergency following a spate of attacks by militants over the last two years, including attacks in Paris in November 2015 which killed 130 people. Other countries, including Britain, Germany and Belgium, have also suffered attacks using knives, guns, explosives and vehicles.

5 injured in Edmonton

In another act of terror, Canadian police arrested a suspect after a man hit a police officer with a car and stabbed him, and later four pedestrians were struck with a second vehicle during a police chase.

The police believe that he acted alone, though authorities have not ruled out the possibility that he acted with others, Edmonton Police Service chief Rod Knecht said at a Sunday morning press conference.

Prime minister Justin Trudeau said that federal authorities were working with the local police on the case.

Canada has not experienced as much violence from extremist attacks as the United States and Western European nations, though there have been several deadly incidents in recent years.

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