Dramatic moment knifeman is taken down by gun cops after stabbing four toddlers in France playground bloodbath | The Sun

THIS is the moment a knifeman was taken down by gun-wielding cops after stabbing four toddlers at a French playground.

The dramatic footage was filmed by a pedestrian who witnessed the Annecy bloodbath unfold, in which several people were left with life-threatening injuries.

The terrifying clip showed a man evading the maniac knifeman with cops chasing on foot behind.

A gun shot is heard but it appears to strike the victim as he crosses the line of fire and subsequently collapses to the ground.

The attacker then lays into the innocent adult before cops pile on top of him and control the incident.

As the man is handcuffed, he can be heard panting aggressively into the ground as he is restrained, while the stab victim cries out in pain.


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French prosecutors confirmed the adult was hurt both with the attacker's knife and later by a shot fired by cops as they made the arrest.

Prosecutor Line Bonnet-Mathis told AP another adult also suffered knife wounds.

It comes after a British girl was reported to be among the four kids stabbed in the playground bloodbath earlier that day.

Horror footage showed the maniac knifeman stalking the busy park in Lake Annecy before lunging at the kids in front of terrified parents.

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Bystanders said at least one of the children wounded in the frenzied attack was in a buggy at the time.

Others described running for their lives after the knifeman launched the attack at the playground before being chased away.

Footage shared by the French newspaper Le Parisien and police union chief Bruno Attal appears to show a man clad in black wielding a knife near the scene. 

In a different video the attacker who is wearing a cross,can be heard shouting "in the name of Jesus Christ" in English twice.

The stabbing left two children and an adult fighting for their lives in intensive care while another two children are slightly hurt, cops said.

One of the victims is aged 22 months, two are two years old, and one is three years old.

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly confirmed one of the kids is a British national.

According to French news channel CNews, the three-year-old was rushed to hospital after the attack.

Two of the other victims are French and one of the children is Dutch.

A 70-year-old man, who was sitting on a bench, was reportedly knifed in the neck.

Eyewitnesses described mums screaming as the knifeman pounced on the kids.

An eyewitness told BFM TV: "He jumped (in the playground), started shouting and then went towards the strollers, repeatedly hitting the little ones with a knife."

"Mothers were crying, everybody was running," said George, another witness and owner of a nearby restaurant.

Former Liverpool footballer Anthony Le Tallec who happened to be at the scene shared a video on his Instagram story.

He said: "I was running by the Lake and I saw around ten people running in the opposite direction to me.

"I asked them what was happening and someone told me, run, run, there is someone stabbing people.

"He has stabbed some children, run, run!"

An eyewitness, who asked not to be named, 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."

Another witness told Le Dauphine: "After people tried to scare him, he walked away and the police intervened.

"He spoke English. In the beginning, we all thought it was staged, but with the cries of people, we realised that its reality, the guy was confused."

Prime Minister of France Elisabeth Borne said: "Our whole country is in shock."

The knifeman was later identified as asylum seeker Abdalmash H, 32, who arrived in the country in 2022.

The Syrian national had arrived in Sweden in 2013 and was granted refugee status in April.

But he had also applied for asylum in France in November, according to Le Parisien.

He was not known to security agencies and French prosecutors said they do not believe he has a "terrorist motive".

Speaking to France Bleu, an eyewitness reported that the man had been going to the playground every day for the past two months.

" He was there every morning, from morning to night and everyone had spotted him a bit because he was all alone."

The suspect's ex-wife, who is living in Sweden, had not heard from him for four months, BFMTV reported.

The couple are said to have separated eight months ago – with his wife looking after their child.

The TV channel also reported the suspect was "homeless" and he was from Hassake, Syria.

French President Emmanuel Macron slammed the stabbing as an act "of absolute cowardice."

"The nation is shocked. Our thoughts are with them as well as their families and the emergency services," he wrote on Twitter.

Home SecretarySuella Braverman said she is "appalled" by the attack and tweeted: "I am appalled by the attack on young children in Annecy, France.

"My thoughts are with the children, their families and the local community who have been affected by this shocking act.

"I'm in touch with my friend, Minister GDarmanin to offer our full support."

François Astorg, the Mayor of Annecy, said: "Appalling attack this morning on the Paquier park in Annecy.

"All my thoughts to the victims and families."

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A local lawmaker, Antoine Armand, tweeted that children were attacked on a playground and called the attack "abominable."

Annecy, a lake located in the French Alps, is a popular tourist destination.

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