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ISIS claims responsibility in France attack

Man kills mother, sister; Islamic State group claims attack in France

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Updated August 23, 2018 06:53 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The French interior minister says a man who killed his mother and sister in a knife attack west of Paris had "serious psychiatric problems."

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French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb, center, answers reporters after a knife attack Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 in Trappes, west of Paris. A man flagged by French authorities as a suspected radical killed his mother and sister and seriously injured another woman in a knife attack Thursday that was quickly claimed by the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Gerard Collomb said the attack in the town of Trappes on Thursday is not being treated as a terrorist case for the moment, despite a claim of responsibility by the Islamic State group.

The minister said a third person who was seriously injured was not a member of the family.

The minister said police shot and killed the man after he came out of his mother's house wielding a knife and ignored their warnings.

TRAPPES, France (AP) — A man flagged by French authorities as a suspected radical killed his mother and sister and seriously injured another woman in a knife attack Thursday that was quickly claimed by the Islamic State group

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A French police officer stands guard after a knife attack Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 in Trappes, west of Paris. A man flagged by French authorities as a suspected radical killed his mother and sister and seriously injured another woman in a knife attack Thursday that was quickly claimed by the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Police shot and killed the man. His motives weren't immediately clear. Authorities didn't rule out a family dispute and prosecutors were not immediately treating the attack as a terrorism case.

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Three French officials identified the two people killed in the attack in Trappes and the mother and sister of the attacker.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to give such details publicly. The third victim, a passerby who was gravely injured in the attack, was also a woman, one of the officials said.

The Islamic State group, via its Aamaq news agency, claimed responsibility. The agency said the attack in Trappes was motivated by calls from the IS leadership to attack civilians in countries at war with the extremist group. Hours earlier, IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi urged followers to attack enemies everywhere by all means, including in knife attacks.

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Police at the scene of a knife attack in the suburb of Trappes, west of Paris, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a knife attack in a Paris suburb that has left two people dead. (AP Photo)

Police officials said the man was flagged in a government database of suspected religious and political extremists. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.

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