The attack occurred only days after ISIS released an alleged recording of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi urging his followers to strike their enemies in the West. "It's an entire village, the entire population of 8,000 people that finds itself in deep mourning today", the mayor of Eguilles in southern France, Robert Dargone, told reporters.
Two police sources said the attacker had been carrying a butcher's knife, was around 30 years old and of North African appearance.
The attacker was shot dead by military police at the scene who are part of "Operation Sentinelle". "It might be a terrorist act, but at this point we can't say so with certainty, so I prefer to wait and see", said Gérard Collomb, the French Interior minister.
The assailant was known to the authorities for a string of common law offenses and had "no papers on him", a source said. They were later shot dead by police.
"I had just arrived at the station when everyone started running".
The IS-linked Aamaq news agency said that the assailant was acting in response to the extremist group's calls to target countries in the USA -led coalition fighting militants in Syria and Iraq.
The Paris prosecutors' office said that a counter-terrorism investigation has been opened and it is being treated as a terror attack, The Guardian reports.
The country has been in a state of emergency since the November 2015 terror attacks in which 130 people were slaughtered. Should this be defined as an act of terror, this will add to over 230 people in France who have been killed in terror-related incidents, The Guardian stated. France is a member of the US-led coalition battling ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
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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They come a day after Iraq instituted a flight ban that halted all global flights from servicing the territory's airports. Turkey had forged close ties to Iraq's Kurdish region, but is strongly opposed to its moves toward independence.