Soldiers near the Eiffel Tower (illustrative)
Soldiers near the Eiffel Tower (illustrative)Reuters

One person was killed and two others were injured late Saturday night after an attacker allegedly shouted, "Allahu akbar" and lunged at passersby in central Paris.

According to reports, the attack occurred near the Eiffel Tower, and the attacker, who was born in France, is known to suffer from psychiatric disorders.

Local police said that the attacker said he "cannot stand" when Muslims are killed anywhere in the world and told police he was upset about the situation in Gaza.

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin confirmed on X, formerly Twitter, that one person was killed and another wounded in the attack.

"The police have just courageously arrested an assailant attacking passersby in Paris, around the Quai de Grenelle," he wrote. "One deceased person and one injured person treated by the Paris fire brigade. Please avoid the area."

Darmanin also said the suspect was sentenced to four years in prison in 2016 for planning another attack and was on the French security services watchlist.

The suspect has been arrested, reports said.