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Police arrest two over Marseille attack

The Local, Oct 12

French police investigating the fatal stabbing of two young women in the southern city of Marseille, an attack claimed by Islamic State, have arrested two men.

The pair, aged 24 and 29, were arrested in Toulon, about 65 kilometres (40 miles) east of Marseille.

Ahmed Hanachi, a 29-year-old Tunisian, fatally stabbed the two women at Marseille's Saint-Charles train station on October 1, before being shot dead by police.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility, but investigators have not found any evidence linking the attack to the jihadists.

A judicial source said of the arrests: "The 24-year-old man may have hosted the killer Ahmed Hanachi during one of his visits to Toulon."

The source added the suspects were together when they were arrested.

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