Two out of seven people injured in a knife attack in Paris are reported to be British tourists.

Four were seriously injured by a man armed with a knife and an iron bar in the French capital.

The man, said to be an Afghan national, was arrested. Sources said there was no indication it was a terrorist attack.

The attack took place just before 11pm last night on the banks of a canal in the 19th arrondissement, in the north-east of the capital.

Sources said the man had attacked strangers, initially stabbing two men and a woman near the MK2 cinema on the Quai de Loire, along the Ourcq canal.

Several people playing the game pétanque nearby reportedly threw balls at the attacker to try to stop him.

The man was hit and fled. He then reportedly attacked the two British tourists on rue Henri Nogueres.

“We are urgently investigating this incident and are in close contact with the French authorities,” the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said.

A French police source told the BBC: “At this stage there is nothing to indicate that it could be a terrorist attack.”