Hero woman shielded children from French knife attack
A woman in France has been hailed as a "hero" after she used her own body to shield children during yesterday's knife attack.
According to eyewitnesses, the woman jumped in front of a buggy as the attacker lunged towards an innocent child amid the incident in the French Alps.
The 31-year-old man stabbed four children and two adults at a park in Annecy on Thursday and is now in police custody.
Video footage from the attack also showed a bystander using his backpack to fend off the attacker as he chased him around the playground.
The horrific incident took place at around 9:45 am on Thursday morning (June 8th) in the south-east of France.
It was originally reported that eight children were injured but it has since been updated to four children and one adult. The kids are all said to be just three-years-old.
Sadly, police have reported that two of the children and the adult assaulted are all in life-threatening condition at a nearby hospital.
The Interior Ministry said Abdalmash H has legal refugee status in France after arriving in the country last year.
A video is circulating on social media showing the man being pinned to a wall by police officers.
It also shows terrified parents running from the playground and screaming "run, run".
Witnesses at the scene said the man wielding a knife began attacking the preschool children while they were playing and caused absolute "carnage".
One witness said: "The man was shouting in English, and caused absolute panic when he started attacking the little ones.
"He wanted to hurt as many people as he could. He caused carnage. The young children were just easy targets."