The terrorist attacked the passers-by in the centre of Paris

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A knife attacker who stabbed a young man to death in Paris on Saturday night was a naturalised French citizen born in Russia's Chechnya region.

The mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo expressed his condolences to the relatives of the deceased and wounded, saying that all Parisians feel sorry for them. "The most serious person is better, has been operated and has been saved", he said in early morning Collomb from hospital Georges Pompidou in Paris, where two most serious wounded were transferred.

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The attacker's identity hasn't been revealed, but Reuters confirmed he was bare-chested and bearded in black trousers.

He was later identified by his fingerprints, as he did not have an ID.

The Russian Embassy in France said it has requested more information on the attack suspect.

The assailant was killed by police after fatally stabbing one man and injuring four other people.

He struck at random in the busy area of restaurants and theatres near Paris's Opera Garnier in the city's second arrondissement, at about 8.50pm local time. The police officers who arrived on the scene shot the assailant.

It comes less than two months after a hero police officer was killed after swapping places with a female hostage during an attack by an ISIS supporter on a supermarket in Trebes, southern France.

Since January 2015, 240 people have been killed in terrorist attacks in France, keeping the country on high alert.

Another witness described leaving the opera house and being told to go back inside because of the attack.

"The attacker was walking in the street, armed with a knife".

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States would lend a hand in the investigation.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said it took police less than nine minutes to subdue the attacker from the moment they were alerted.

Ramzan Kadyrov, who was nominated for the Chechen presidency by Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2007 has tried to squash ISIS recruitment but human rights activists say his brutal measures actually help radicalization. "This speed, calm and effectiveness allowed them to avoid. a much heavier toll", he told reporters.

Police attempted to Taser the assailant, but were eventually forced to shoot twice to stop him attacking anyone else, killing him.

The attacker was then shot dead.

He said: "I bow to the 'cold-blooded response' of the police, who were able to neutralise the attacker". The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack. Azimov attacked pedestrians with a knife in central Paris before being shot dead by police.

IS said it was behind the attack in a brief statement posted on its news outlet.

Collomb held a special security meeting Sunday to address the Paris attack.

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