Children as young as three are in a critical condition following a knife attack in the French alpine town of Annecy, according to reports

The attack was carried out in a park by a Syrian man who was seeking refugee status, police say

Police say he has no known links to Islamist groups

French media report that two children and one man are in a critical condition

Former Liverpool FC footballer Anthony Le Tallec says he witnessed part of the attack.

Speaking in a video on Instagram, he says he was running by the lake in Annecy, and recalls people running towards him telling him to flee – having themselves seen the knifeman attacking children.

Le Tallec says the suspect then appeared in front of him, chased by police officers.

“He came near me, so I moved, I moved away,” he says. “I see him go to towards a grandma and a grandpa, and he attacked the grandpa.”

Le Tallec adds: “I said to the cops, ‘shoot him! Kill him!’

“He attacked once, twice and then they started to shoot him.”

Le Tallec says he continued his run along the lake, and spotted the children who were injured in the attack. “It’s unfortunate but it’s crazy to have this in Annecy,” he comments.

French President Emmanuel Macron has said “the nation is in shock” following the attack

The city’s mayor has denounced the “appalling attack” and said a press conference will be held later.

Source: BBC