Man goes on knife attack in France before he's killed by police

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By David K. Li  with NBC News World News
French police and emergency workers intervene in the Canebiere district in Marseille, on Feb. 19, 2019, after a man stabbed two passersby before being himself injured by police by firearm.   -  Copyright  Boris Hovat

Police in the south of France shot and killed a man Tuesday, shortly after he stabbed at least two people and pulled a gun on responding officers, authorities said.

The knife attack happened in the center of Marseille at 4:30 p.m. local time (10:30 a.m. ET), French national police told NBC News. The victims' conditions were not known.

After the man stabbed at least two pedestrians, officers approached him and he dropped the knife, officials said. But then the attacker pulled a handgun and shot at officers, who returned fire, fatally wounding him, authorities said.

The officers were not hurt.

The attacker was 36 and had a record for petty crime, local police said. But he was not on the radar of national police, authorities said.