Man killed, another seriously hurt in knife attack along Bordeaux riverfront

The attack is thought to have been sparked by a row over the victims’ alcohol consumption, said a police source

Bordeaux's famous Place de la Bourse, with the Miroir d'Eau in front
The first attack took place opposite the Miroir d'Eau, pictured above

A man has been killed – and another seriously injured – after being stabbed along Bordeaux’s riverfront yesterday evening (April 10). 

The assailant stabbed a 37-year old man at the Miroir d’Eau fountain installation between the Garonne river and Bordeaux’s Bourse just after 20:00.

He then continued along the riverfront and stabbed a 26-year old man in the thigh and side. 

Both attacks happened in plain view of a number of witnesses, including people in bars watching a football match on television.

The attacker tried to cross the river over the Pont de Pierre, when he was shot dead by an armed police officer on patrol in the area.

The first man died of his wounds at the scene, whilst the 26-year old was rushed to hospital.

His injuries are said to not be life threatening, and he is in a stable condition. 

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Terrorist motive ruled out, possible brawl over alcohol

An inquest into the incident has been opened by the Gironde prefecture.

“The terrorist motive… seems to have been completely ruled out,” said an anonymous police officer close to the case to AFP. 

“It seems that the starting point was a dispute linked to the alcohol consumption of the two victims of the stabbing,” he added. 

Both victims are said to be Algerian nationals, or of Algerian descent. The identity of the attacker has not yet been identified.