A mother and her three daughters were injured Tuesday in a stabbing attack committed by a man who was later taken into police custody, officials said.

The man's motive was unclear, local prosecutor Raphael Balland said at a press conference. Balland dismissed rumours that the man, of Moroccan origin, had committed the knife attack in reaction to the cloths worn by the woman and her daughters.

The attack occurred in the morning. According to local newspaper Le Dauphine Libere, an 8-year-old girl was taken to a hospital near Grenoble while her 12- and 14-year-old sisters and mother were taken to a local hospital.

The family had vacationed for days in a lodging next to the man who committed the attack, Balland said. The man, 37, was being held by police and would undergo a psychiatric examination, he said.

France is still reeling from a terrorist attack in the seaside city of Nice, in which a truck ploughed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day last week and killed 84 people.

Related stories

Latest news

Ukraine's famed ex-prisoner Savchenko meets inmates in rebel region

Nadiya Savchenko, a military pilot who became the most famous prisoner of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, met Ukrainian prisoners in the separatist region of Donetsk, according to local media reports on Saturday.

Economy minister: IPO of minority interest in HEP still good model for INA buyout

Croatian Economy Minister Martina Dalic of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) on Saturday commented on possible models for buying out Hungarian oil and gas company MOL's stake in the Croatian oil and gas company INA, repeating that "an initial public offering of a minority interest in the HEP power company is practicable and a good model that preserves the company while ensuring a number of advantages and benefits for Croatian citizens."

Afghan envoy warns against unnecessary travel to Pakistan

The Afghan ambassador to Pakistan on Saturday advised Afghan nationals to avoid unnecessary travel to Pakistan even after the border between the two countries is reopened.

Rival militias agree on ceasefire after deadly clashes in Tripoli

Warring militias in the Libyan capital Tripoli reached a ceasefire agreement, after two days of fighting left nine people dead, the Libyan News Agency reported Saturday.

Thousands attend Robert Mugabe's 93rd birthday celebrations

President Robert Mugabe, the world's oldest head of state, marked his 93rd birthday with lavish celebrations in Zimbabwe on Saturday, despite a deepening economic crisis in the southern African country.

Germany's Merkel picked as party's top candidate for September polls

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was nominated on Saturday as her party's top candidate for the September 24 elections.

Stickers reading "Serbian Family Tree" appear in Vukovar

Stickers reading "Serbian Family Tree" with the image of people hanging from a tree and the face of Ante Pavelic, Croatian fascist dictator who led the Ustasha movement and the Independent State of Croatia (NDH), appeared at bus stations along Trpinjska Street in the eastern Croatian town of Vukovar on Friday.

Turkish ruling party launches campaign for constitutional changes

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Saturday formally launched its campaign for the upcoming referendum on core constitutional changes set to empower the presidency, with a mass rally at a sports arena in Ankara.

Top US general visits Syrian Kurds with focus on al-Raqqa campaign

A top US general visited Syrian Kurdish forces and their allies in northern Syria this week, amid signs the US military was increasing its support for anti-Islamic State forces, despite risks that such a move could anger neighbouring Turkey. 

Germany expects long-term migration growth after revising estimates

Net migration to Germany is expected to be 200,000 annually in the coming years, according to a news report to be published Sunday.

Malaysian police seek to reassure public over VX nerve agent

Malaysian police said on Saturday they would do everything possible to ensure there was no risk to the public from the lethal VX nerve agent used to kill Kim Jong Nam in the country's main international airport.

Cretu says Croatia must accelerate apsorbtion of European funds

The Commissioner also said that for the 2014-2020 period, Croatia would have twice the amount from the previous period at its disposal -- a total of EUR 10.67 billion.