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Two Danish journalists wounded in Islamist knife attack in Gabon

An attacker wielding a knife and crying "Allahu Akbar" has wounded two Danish journalists in Gabon's capital Libreville Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 17, 2017, 11.03 AM (IST)

Two Danish journalists were wounded by an attacker in Gabon's capital Libreville, the Gabonese defence minister said. 

The attacker, while wielding a knife, yelled "Allahu Akbar" and stabbed the two National Geographic channel reporters in the middle of a popular market on Saturday. 

"According to the first testimonies at the scene, the assailant, a 53-year-old Nigerien man, shouted 'Allahu Akbar' ("God is Greatest") during the attack. He was arrested on the spot," said defense minister Etienne Massard.

The attack was reportedly committed in retribution for "US attacks against Muslims", reports said. 

The man, who has lived in Gabon for 19 years, "in his first statements said he acted in retaliation for US attacks against Muslims and America's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital" said Massard.

The two victims were sent to a hospital in the capital Libreville, one in a serious condition, government spokesman Alain-Claude Bilie By Nze said.